A letter from the Netherlands






"To my heroine Marie

Dear Marie,

my name is Joana, I am Portuguese but living in Netherlands for the past two years. 
First of all, thank you for inspiring me and the World with your kindness towards animals.
I am an animal activist and I was about to lost my faith in humanity when I first saw You and found out there are good human beings who really care about the animals and give them a voice. 

I want You to know how important you are to people like me but most of all to animals which suffer so much in this World everyday by human hands. I find myself thinking why God in the first instance gave us the power to rule this World, to us, human beings, the most disgusting animal ever created and I pray every night so the rules change, the World change but most of all People change.

I am sorry You have been put in prison, You, which only mistake was to love unconditionally your blood brothers, the animals and to be faithful to them as they are to us. Meanwhile, murderers, rapists and psychopaths are in freedom. Our World it is sometimes a crazy place ruled by crazy People.

However, more and more People are raising their voices, are speaking up and fighting injustices. I am talking about common People, I am talking about each one of us doing our part. I am talking about our neighbors, friends, enemies, intelligent people, stupid people start find out that they can actually be Animals Voice. That there is no sense and is murder when an animal spent a life suffering in a cage to be murdered when we can be vegetarian, when animals are used, abused and murdered in scientific experiences when there are other ways to do things. 

What I mean is you being in jail means a new start for the humanity way of thinking. If by putting you aside some of our Rulers intend to scary People, believe me, People just got more angry and determinate to fight Animal abuse.

With the kind of things which are happening in the World like People finding out half of the World was being fed up with horse meat without knowing People are finally getting they are being controlled and manipulated by the worst human beings. And even for the bad motifs they are actually becoming vegans! I mean, a horse suffers the same pain a cow do but some People just didn’t get it in the past.

I hope Dear Marie you never lose your faith on Animal cause as I would never lose mine in Your’s. 

There is no better way to make your kids and People who love you proud of You rather than to respond God’s call.

Kind regards from Joana
Lots of licks from Dingo, Tudora and Preta (all 3 rescued dogs) and Puca (10 years old turtle)"



About Marie Mason




Marie Mason is a loving mother of two and a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, she was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000; no one was injured in either of them. She accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to just under 22 years. She is now serving the longest sentence of any "Green Scare" prisoner.
The “Green Scare” is the name given to the recent arrests of animal rights and environmental activists who have been charged with acts of economic sabotage. Federal authorities have sought outrageous sentences (often Life in prison) and have publicly and legally labeled the activists as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been killed or injured in any of the acts.
Supporting Marie Mason does not mean agreeing with the actions that she took -- but it does mean opposing the fear-mongering tactics of the federal government and the outrageous sentences they have imposed.

Support Marie:

Write Marie:
Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

Consumer Point of View - 4 brands evaluated


As promised I have evaluated 3 cruelty-free brands + 1 not certified of my choice regarding:

-     - certification by BUAV as cruelty-free brands (the only way for consumers to know for sure brands do not test on animals);
-     -  vegan;
-     - availability online (easily  find by consumers / easy acquisition) and where;
-     - quality (do these products really do what they are meant to and more?);
-     - price;
-     - communication with consumers;
-     - importance given to consumers;
-     - importance given to complaints;


BIORGANICS (hair products)



Cruelty-free brand certified by BUAV
YES
Vegan
YES
Available online
YES (UK only)
Quality
High 
Price
Medium / High
Communication with Consumers
Medium/Low
Importance given to Consumers
Medium/Low
Importance given to Complaints
Low


I like this brand product's. They are cruelty-free, vegan and with high quality. The Company is settled in UK and through their website www.biorganics.co.uk you can acquire all their products if you are from UK. They ship internationally via www.amazon.com but the costs are very high (25 pounds) which make the acquisition more difficult . 


YES TO (face, body and hair care)




Cruelty-free brand certified by BUAV
YES
Vegan
NO
Available online
YES (U.S.A. only)
Quality
High
Price
Medium
Communication with Consumers
Good
Importance given to Consumers
Good
Importance given to Complaints
No complaint presented


I love this brand. It has been considered one of the best cruelty-free brands by Peta. As matter as fact the quality of these products is very high for their medium and affordable prices. It's a shame they are not already 100% natural. In their website you can find all their products but they only ship to U.S.A.. However, if you click on "find a store" you will find the logos of several stores which sell their products and on the left side a list of Countries (Europe and others). Select your Country, click and there you will find the stores which have these products. In my Store you also find a list of my favorite one's.




ARTISAN NATURALS (face and body care)

                                            


Cruelty-free brand certified by BUAV
YES
Vegan
NO
Available online
YES only to U.S.A.
Quality
Medium / High
Price
Medium / High 
Communication with Consumers
Low (International )
Importance given to Consumers
Low (International and U.S.A.)
Importance given to Complaints
Low (International and U.S.A.)

This brand is cruelty-free but not vegan and they only ship to the U.S.A.. The quality is good but there's nothing outstanding that you can't find on another brand with a better price, availability and attendance. On their website, clicking on "About us" and then on "Store locator" you will find a list of stores which sell their products, all of them from the U.S.A.. You have one only contact available for international sales and the attendance is horrible. Complaining about the attendance is not worthy as they don't really care. I don't recommend this brand. 


ACH BRITO (3 brands: ach brito, confianca and claus porto soaps)



Cruelty-free brand certified by BUAV
NO
Vegan
NO
Available online
YES
Quality
Medium / High
Price
High
Communication with Consumers
Low
Importance given to Consumers
Low
Importance given to Complaints
Low


Besides having a figure of a bunny and stating they are a cruelty-free brand the fact is this brand is not certified as cruelty-free, it has a "dermatological tested" on the description of some of their products and one soap made with !donkey milk!. These are for themselves exclusion reasons but i provide you further information on this brand: they are available online but difficult to find and the products are many of them frequently labeled as "out of stock". The prices of the soaps are very high and the communication with the Company is chaotic. Very disorganized, they refer your contact to several people and to none in particular. Very slow to respond, the answers are bureaucratic and not objective. Lack of professionalism and no relevance shown towards consumers. I don't recommend this brand.


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