Last week I had the pleasure of talking about the cruelty free beauty trend on NBC’s New York Live with Jacque Reid and Sara Gore. California is the first state in the US to put a ban on the sale of beauty products tested on animals starting in 2020. I can only hope it catches on sooner than later. Check out the segment for the 411 and some of my favorite brands who already found other means of testing.
It was January of 2016 when I first heard of Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, NJ and visiting has been on my bucket list ever since. This past weekend, Joe and I had the opportunity to take a tour of the sanctuary given by the Founder, Mike, who's one of my heroes. You can only imagine how excited I was as he began to tell his story and the stories of all of the rescued animals that he treats as children. Founded in January 2015, the 232 acre property is now home to animals he personally rescued including cows, goats, pigs, chickens, even a bull and more.
If you watch NBC, then you might have already seen the promo commercial I'm hosting about "Clear the Shelters," a campaign where animal shelters across the country will be offering low cost or waived adoption fees on Saturday, August 19th. When the email came in asking me to host and I saw that they wanted me to interview a veterinarian and help promote animal adoption, I was over the moon. You guys know how I feel about helping animals and hosting with NBC is a career dream. As an animal activist and supporter of the campaign, I have to fill you guys in on how you can participate.
Being that I'm a leather-wearing vegan, I wouldn't consider myself an animal rights activist, but I just found myself writing a letter to the mayor and town council of Edgewater, NJ in hopes to save the geese they plan on capturing and gassing to death in chambers. Swear to God this is happening and it's sickening.