Many people will be horrified to learn that underneath the glossy veneer of the UK's biggest beauty pageant for dogs, lies the ugly fact that the way some of our favourite breeds of dog have been bred to look, can cause them chronic discomfort, pain and suffering throughout their lives and can even lead to their premature or painful deaths.
I became vegan about two years-ago. I have to admit, it was a decision made for health reasons. After suffering from some fairly serious digestive problems over the course of a decade, I was desperate, so I decided to try it. The next day I started a plant-based diet, and though I'm sure I've inadvertently made some mistakes along the way, I haven't diverged from it.
I then uncovered the ugly truth about the beauty industry - animals are indeed still being tested on and going through extreme pain and cruelty - all for a new mascara or shampoo! What really angers me is that there's no need - we can undertake tests on reconstructed human skin, like EpiDerm, which is now widely available and produces better, more accurate results.