Monday, November 01, 2010

Guest Blogger: Sarah Byrn

I am an 18 year old activist for animal rights and ironically I grew up on a cattle farm. You don't have to be born into your passions, like me. I was born where animals are raised for food and now I am a longtime vegetarian. Though there will be many chances for you to develop new passions, this one starts with knowing what goes on behind the packages, behind the product and in the lab. I am hoping to ignite the same passion I share with BABYBEARSHOP in the people I meet and even those I don't get to meet.

Animals are vulnerable against humans, as we are a comparatively powerful species and sometimes lead ignorant lifestyles, resulting in agonizingly inhumane practices. Due to this blunt negligence of rights, animals often endure massive amounts of pain and suffering. To help raise awareness, I am conducting a project in which I am holding a seminar at my school for teenagers and their familes to come and learn about the rights of animals and how those rights are being abused in the cosmetic industry. I am collecting cruelty-free products and literature that will help me to help others achieve a head start to their new cruelty-free beauty routines. I will follow up with a petition and letter that I will send to companies who practice cosmetic animal testing. In pursuing support for this project, I found BABYBEARSHOP: a human, animal, and environmentally friendly company. The founder of, I have learned over the course of a week, is a giving, supportive and motivational person. BABYBEARSHOP has signed the cruelty free pact and is part of Peta's cruelty-free company list. Now -- after describing my project and goal to BABYBEARSHOP, the company has agreed to help me with my project by donating 64 of their USDA certified organic lip balm in vintage recyclable tins that are cruelty-free and go by the name All The Better To Kiss You With. Out of all the companies I called and e-mailed, they were the quickest to respond and most helpful overall. As a young activist, I could not be more pleased with this company's direct action to achieve a cruelty- free world, and their support gives me tremendous drive to accomplish the most I can.