Help animals this Christmas

This holiday season, the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) is urging shoppers to show good-will to all animals by giving gifts that are not tested on animals.

Shoppers can avoid cruel animal tests by only buying products bearing the Leaping Bunny logo, the internationally recognised gold standard that guarantees products are cruelty-free.

Many people are unaware that animals, including rabbits and guinea pigs, continue to suffer and die in cruel tests for our beauty and personal care toiletries. Despite UK and EU bans on animal tests for cosmetics, many products available in UK high street stores have been animal tested in other parts of the world.

Cruelty-free shopping has never been easier. Nearly 500 companies are certified under the Leaping Bunny scheme, providing a huge selection of festive gifts for both men and women.

Gifts that are free from animal testing are marked with the Leaping Bunny logo and are available from cruelty-free companies such as The Body Shop, Paul Mitchell, Neal’s Yard, Liz Earle, Urban Decay, Montagne Jeunesse, Melvita, Faith in Nature, Tara Smith vegan haircare, Bulldog natural skincare and also products made by major high-street retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Argos, Superdrug, the Co-operative and Sainsbury’s.

A full list of companies certified under the Leaping Bunny scheme is available at

Please look for the Leaping Bunny when choosing your cruelty-free Christmas gifts and support the work of our sister organisation, Cruelty Free International, by signing our global pledge to end the use of animals to test cosmetics at

Michelle Thew

BUAV Chief Executive

16a Crane Grove

London N7 8NN