The Sanctuary Angels promote the humane treatment of all animals through the adoption of companion animals, cruelty-free living and ethical veganism. We visualise a world free from animal suffering, where all animals are treated as sentient individuals.
We endorse ethical veganism and sustainability, and we are opposed to the exploitation of animals for any purpose. There are many ways in which animals are exploited for human gain, including the meat and dairy industry, animal testing and research, circuses, zoos, horse and dog racing, fox hunting and badger culling, fishing, the fur and leather industries, wool and silk production, breeding for commercial purposes and the neglect and abuse of companion animals, among other things.
The Sanctuary Angels believe that we can correct some of these wrongs by campaigning for change and promoting cruelty-free living, but also by raising vital funds for those who rescue and care for vulnerable animals around the world. If you would like to help us, please get in touch.
Every year around 4 million animals are experimented on in British laboratories. Every 8 seconds, an animal dies. Cats, dogs, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, primates and other animals are used to test new products, study human disease and develop new drugs. Animals are even used in warfare experiments. There is another way: progressive science that is relevant to humans that doesn't involve animal suffering and death. It is also easy to buy products that have not been tested on animals, many of which are also vegan. For example, many of Superdrug's own toiletries and cosmetics have the Leaping Bunny logo (approved by Cruelty Free International) and are also vegetarian or vegan. The Cooperative and Astonish also provide a huge range of bunny-friendly and great-value household products. And companies such as Lush create gorgeous products that involve no animal testing and are mostly vegan.
Going vegan means you save precious animal lives, drastically reduce your carbon footprint and boost your health and well-being:
1) ANIMALS: Avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere. More than a billion animals are slaughtered in the UK every year. Dairy calves are taken from their mothers shortly after birth; and the male chicks of egg-laying hens are killed at just a day old.
2) HEALTH: Research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Getting nutrients from plant foods creates room in your diet for health-promoting options like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables, which are packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and minerals.
3) THE PLANET: The carbon footprint of your diet can be halved by going vegan, in addition to vast amounts of water being saved. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment - from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.
Being vegan has never been easier, with a wealth of products available in supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. Whether it's for the animals, your health or the environment, there's never been a better time to embrace veganism and sustainable living.
The pet industry knowingly creates a huge deficit of over-bred, unwanted pet animals in an already over-saturated market. Breeders make money while the animals suffer: females endure repeated pregnancies and their offspring are often sold to people unable to care for them. Rescue facilities face increasingly desperate times. Add to this irresponsible pet owners who allow their companion animals to breed indiscriminately or abandon them when times are hard, and we have a problem reaching epidemic proportions. There is a constant supply of animals needing loving, safe homes. There is nothing wrong with these animals that a little time and love cannot fix. Giving a rescued animal a second chance is one of the most rewarding things you can do. If you think you can give a rescued animal a chance, please get in touch with your nearest animal shelter or rescue.