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STOP ANIMAL TESTING: Elstree schoolgirls create campaign to tackle animal cruelty

 Published on: 16th July 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two pupils at Elstree Screen Arts Academy have started a campaign regarding cruelty towards animals in cosmetic testing.

Maya Hartzel (pictured left), and McKenzie Spinks (right), both 14, kicked off a fundraising initiative at the school where all money raised goes to Cruelty Free International, who are the leading organisation working to end animal experiments worldwide.

The charity challenges decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals and champions better science and cruelty free living.

Maya and McKenzie have designed and produced badges with their campaign logo on them: ‘Stop Animal Testing’

They have been selling the badges at the school and they’ve also created a social media account, where they have been networking with cruelty free cosmetic brands and stores.

Maya said: “We decided that selling badges would be a great way to raise money and awareness with our school friends, so I designed a logo that showed our message visually and that would work well on a circular badge.

“We have been selling the badges at school for £1 and also to our friends and families outside of school.

“We also set up a social media account on Instagram so that we could raise awareness further afield and where we post updates of our campaign.

“We are donating the money that we raise to Cruelty Free International – however, there are more charities like this that also help the cause. Others can help us raise awareness by sharing our posts on social media.”

Maya and McKenzie have also set up a fundraising page, where the wider community can support them.

You can follow the Stop Animal Testing campaign on Instagram at


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