“A young woman was restrained, force-fed and injected with cosmetics in a high street shop window as part of a hard-hitting protest against animal testing.
Jacqueline Traide was tortured in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers in a bid to raise awareness and end the practise.
The 24-year-old endured 10 hours of experiments, which included having her hair shaved and irritants squirted in her eyes, as part of a worldwide campaign by Lush Cosmetics and The Humane Society.
The disturbing stunt took place in Lush’s Regent Street store, one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets.
Jacqueline appeared genuinely terrified as she was pinned down on a bench and had her mouth stretched open with two metal hooks while a man in a white coat force-fed her until she choked and gagged.
The artist was also injected with numerous needles, had her skin braised and lotions and creams smeared across her face.
Passers-by were gobsmacked to see Jacqueline, a social sculpture student at Oxford Brookes University, forced to have a section of her head shaved.
The gruesome spectacle aimed to highlight the cruelty inflicted on animals during cosmetic laboratory tests and raise awareness that animal testing is still a common practise.
The Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics have joined forces to launch the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.
The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in over 700 Lush Ltd shops across forty-seven countries including the United States, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.
Lush campaign manager Tamsin Omond said: “The ironic thing is that if it was a beagle in the window and we were doing all these things to it, we’d have the police and RSPCA here in minutes.
“But somewhere in the world, this kind of thing is happening to an animal every few seconds on average.
“The difference is, it’s normally hidden. We need to remind people it is still going on.”
For more information about the campaign, visit www.fightinganimaltesting.com”
I HOPE EVERYONE READS THIS AND REBLOGS IT!
Its been about 18 months since I used this blog.
I’ve often thought of coming back to it. But to do so seemed forbidden - I’ve evolved so much in the time that has passed that I can, in no way, continue being comfortably defined by my past.
Or so I’ve always told myself.
I have, however, often thought of coming back to it.
After all, isn’t it truly the case that I am my past, and that I must accept the fact of my past in this present in order to move forward into my future?
Maybe the best way to heal myself today, as I am, is to return to my past, and to sort through it.To expose myself to it, and to admit to myself that its mine; that it is me.
And in doing so, clearing away the blockades I’ve built between my current self and my past. Deliberately placed as if the route of access (and therefore, the sense of relation to) the older me could be destroyed. That it must be in order to sterilize myself.
Maybe where I need to begin, then, is back here, where I left off.
Or maybe not. But it never hurts to try, right?
My point is that the fact that there’s someone who has it worse doesn’t mean someone else’s problems with intolerance or invisibility don’t matter.
hey, did you miss the entire 2nd paragraph where the author says “I understand that queer communities often fail to recognize/legitimate Femme as a non-heteronormative identity. I understand that being made to feel invisible among a community of people of whom you identify with feels shitty. I understand that this form of exclusion is invalidating and divisive. Without a doubt, these things are problematic and should be confronted.”
Or did you choose to ignore it because how dare someone acknowledge that people marginalized on one axis still have the capability of being oppressive on another?
I found it was kinda drowned out by the whole ‘But my problems are worse, so STFU’ bit.
luckily for the world, women of colour will never stop calling out racism even when it comes from their supposed “allies”
Good for them, so they should, but what racism exactly is the original post calling out?
i don’t mean this to be rude but try reading the last sentence on the image again