NewsHound | Issue 07

Hello NewsHounds, this week’s round up features Justine Jenkins (make-up artist and cruelty free cosmetic ambassador), Sir David Amess MP, Christmas TV guide for pets and an update from the PAAW team.

Justine Jenkins – Cruelty Free Make Up

As animal lovers its common sense that we would choose cruelty free products? Its not always quite that simple though, lack of transparency, misleading labels, busy lives. I know I’ve been unintentionally guilty of all of the above. Its great to see to high profile, cruelty free ambassadors like Justine Jenkins shining a spotlight on these issues.

Justine is a highly acclaimed makeup artist & beauty writer and a cruelty free cosmetic ambassador working alongside charities such as The Humane Society and PETA. Justine says “My interest in natural and organic products has always been a passion. Whilst on a natural cosmetics course, I discovered that animal testing was still very much a part of the beauty industry. I was so shocked that I knew I had to do something. As a make-up artist, if I could become cruelty free and still do the same quality work on editorial shoots and red carpet, then anyone could be cruelty free. It’s a matter of awareness and choice.

I support cruelty free brands as I believe animal testing is an extremely cruel and outdated method of testing. At first it was tricky as I had to replace many of the products that I’d relied on for years. I had to do a lot of research, but the amazing outcome is that I’ve discovered incredible products and brands that maybe I never would’ve done before. Yes, it can be frustrating when big brands bring out new exciting products that I won’t use, but I just remind myself of the images and videos that I’ve seen highlighting the extreme cruelty to animals that these brands condone, and once you’ve seen them, there’s no going back. It makes me even more determined to raise awareness and pioneer cruelty free beauty. Being invited to be the Beauty Ambassador for Humane Society Internationals Be Cruelty Free campaign was a great honour. I’m proud to say that the words ‘cruelty free’ are now openly discussed, and I’d like to think that I’ve been part of opening up that discussion and raising awareness.

I love being part of such an important change in my industry. Since 2013 it is against European Law to sell a product in Europe that has been tested on animals. This is a wonderful change in the law, however at present, Brussels has no fool proof way of policing it. This law only applies to Europe, so if that same brand sells in mainland China, then it is agreeing to and paying for animal testing to be conducted on its products. This is why I only support brands that do not sell in mainland China.”

© @justinejenkins

Doggy Bag Anyone – Bags: Inside Out at the V&A Museum

I must confess to being obsessed with handbags for as long as I can remember, these days they seem to be packed with poo bags and dog treats as opposed to make up and mirrors! As we continue to look forward to getting out and about we are excited about checking out a new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum. This month, the V&A opened Bags: Inside Out, the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the ultimate accessory. Presenting a deep dive into the fascinating history of this not so humble accessory, from designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition will explore our longstanding fascination with the bag.

Featuring innovative designs from Mulberry to Karl Lagerfeld, bags carried by Vivien Leigh to Sarah Jessica Parker, the heritage of Hermès to the streetwear of Off-White; Bags: Inside Out provides an unprecedented look at this global obsession. We are looking forward to checking out a 17th century purse in the shape of a frog, Thom Browne’s handbag in the form of his dog Hector and a Chanel bag transformed into a milk carton which explore the surrealism and humors evoked through accessories. We are also excited to see ‘a look to the future’ with designers experimenting with innovative and environmentally sustainable materials including a Stella McCartney backpack made from recycled ocean plastic waste and a bag crafted from decommissioned fire hoses by our friends at Elvis and Kresse.

© @vamuseum

Pets In Parliament – Sir David Amess MP

Sir David Amess is Conservative MP for Southend West, he has been a member of Parliament since 1983, and often chairs debates in the House of Commons on various issues. He has been an advocate for animal welfare for more than three decades. Sir David says “From the very moment I entered Parliament, some 38 years ago now, I have consistently championed the cause of animal welfare. Animals are so import to me, my love of them is something I got from my own parents. Over the years I have kept all sorts of animals, not a lion, tiger or elephant though, my favourites are probably giraffes. Animals are not judgemental, not really moody, but are grateful for whatever you do for them, starting with feeding them.”

“I have railed against cruelty to animals throughout my life, it is simply wicked what some people will do. By and large in this country we enjoy high standards of animal welfare, long may we continue to work to improve every aspect of animal welfare and share it with the rest of the world. Looking after animals is such a good lesson for children, it invariably encourages them to continue to be kind and caring for the rest of their lives. Finally, I judge the quality of a civilization not just by how you look after human beings but on how you care for animals as well.”