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What are the main activities of
Beauty Without Cruelty
• Promoting the BWC motto which states: Beauty Without Cruelty is a way of life which causes no creature of land, sea or air, terror, torture or death.
• Locating and investigating animal exploitation, particularly for commercial gain.
• Conducting awareness programs in educational institutions and other places to spread the message of compassion and kindness for animals. BWC encourages a veg lifestyle i.e. an animal free diet, without the use of any animal products. The BWC Pledge Form helps in upholding convictions and beliefs. See
• Conducting research on various products and processes in order to ascertain whether vegan/vegetarian/non-vegetarian.
• Documenting, printing, distributing and uploading on our website up-to-date information gathered so as to encourage people to use only non-animal origin items based on the premise that if there is no demand the supply will diminish.
• Producing printed and e-versions of publications like
Compassionate Friend, Karuna-Mitra, Hinsa
BWC Investment Guide and BWC Calendar; and awareness creating posters, leaflets, stickers, etc.
• Creating public awareness of different issues related to animals on particular days through out the year via
• Approaching Government to amend and make new rules and laws that alleviate animal exploitation, suffering and death. BWC also takes legal action to save animals, should the need arise.
What is the work that BWC is currently focusing on and hopes to achieve?
Constraints in the form of people and resources holds BWC back from carrying out much more, but what ever has been undertaken as listed below, is with wholehearted perseverance and sincerity:
• BWC has been trying for years to convince the Government to make the Veg and Non-veg symbols (currently affixed on packaged food articles) also mandatory for cosmetics, toiletries, drugs and all other consumer items.
• BWC would like the testing of consumer products on animals to be banned.
• BWC feels greyhound/dog racing should never be legalized and therefore continuously approaches politicians and officials to stop import, training (hunting) and racing events.
• BWC condemns fishing and releasing of
and other protected fish, and wants a ban on this cruelty.
• BWC has been systematically objecting to the setting up of aquatic parks and looks forward to them being halted.
• BWC wants a ban on ornamental fish.
• BWC feels wildlife should remain unhindered in the wild, not jailed in zoos where conservation, education and research purposes as claimed are far from achieved.
• BWC wants the Government to impose a ban on the import, poaching, trade and caging of all birds, Indian and foreign.
• BWC has for years been approaching the Government to place a ban on the import, manufacture, sale, purchase and use of catapults.
• BWC feels a ban on
used to fly kites is also long over-due.
• BWC wants to see the end to bursting fire crackers that result in sound and air pollution causing distress and harm to animals, birds, the environment – and humans.
• BWC strongly objects to the use of live bait, such as calves, dogs and goats, for entertainment or for trapping wildlife.
• BWC wants Government to take appropriate and timely steps to stop elephants being hit on railway tracks.
• BWC hopes to be able to convince the Government to ban the trade and use of peacock feathers.
• BWC wants a ban on films and advertisements for which animals have been subjected to cruelty – whether in India or abroad.
• BWC looks forward to the day when circuses have no birds, fish and animals in their performances or display them.
• BWC sees no joy in “joy-rides” and wants camels, ponies, elephants, etc. to be spared.
• BWC has pointed out that imported reptile-skin items are no different to those of Indian origin and should therefore be banned as well.
• BWC feels that like many other countries, India should also ban the import of
pâté de foie gras
and other non-veg “gourmet” foods.
• BWC wants the Government to firmly clamp down on the import of knick-knacks made from cat and dog fur.
• BWC wants a ban on all animal sacrifices.
• BWC does not believe in genetic modification of animals or vegetables, particularly if animal genes are inserted in to vegetables.
• BWC is in favour of implementation of a total ban on tail-docking, ear-cropping, de-barking, filing teeth and removing dewclaw of dogs.
• BWC wants the Government to stop emus, ostriches, turkeys, quails and ducks being bred for their meat and feathers.
• BWC also wants a ban on breeding of rabbits for their fur and meat.
• BWC doesn’t want to see any expansion of, or new, abattoirs.
• BWC wants the Government to come down heavily on smuggling of animals for meat, leather and religious sacrifices, across the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Nepal borders halted.
• BWC creates an awareness of intensive farming (animals specially bred and raised to be killed) of poultry, sheep, goats, and also exploitation of milch cattle and particularly male calves by the dairy industry.
• BWC alerts Police and Government officials about violation of laws, e.g. illegal bullock-cart races.
• Last but not least, BWC would like the Government to recognise and acknowledge that animals (all living creatures other than humans) are sentient beings having rights and legal status.
Can I have a list of BWC certified branded vegetarian food and cosmetic products?
BWC has withdrawn the Veg Shopper’s Guide. To know why, please read
Can I have a copy of the book entitled
A Vegetarian Lifestyle
Many years back BWC ran out of copies of this book. Moreover a considerable amount of information contained in the book is irrelevant today.
Are you supported by the BWC organization in UK?
Unfortunately, the BWC charity’s international headquarters in UK no longer exists. Whatever support we received was only in the initial stages. BWC India has since its inception in 1974 been totally independent by managing its own finances, generating its own resources, and deciding upon its projects.
Are BWC cosmetics marketed abroad, BWC owned?
BWC India has no connection whatsoever with the BWC cosmetic company. When the BWC charity in UK closed, the company owned by them was sold. Despite a continuous correspondence spanning a couple of years, BWC India was not at all satisfied that all the ingredients used by BWC Cosmetics were free of animal substances.
Does BWC India (Pune) have branches in other cities in India?
No, BWC does not have branches or centres in the other cities of India. However, BWC has appointed a few dedicated members as Executives, and they spread our message in different parts of India.
’s Hindi version
and Gujarati version
in English is the only magazine published. But, BWC re-started
as a four-page quarterly newsletter. Monsoon 2011 issue onwards all members began receiving both publications. However,
started in 1981, has not be published since 1990.
How can we join BWC?
Membership is open to all: vegan, vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Life membership of BWC is Rs.300. Educational institutions pay Rs.100 annually (a lump-sum of Rs.500 for 5 years preferred) and corporate bodies Rs.1000 annually. Please see
Can I gift BWC membership?
You certainly can. There is a section in the membership form where you can mark it as gift membership. We also have a special gift life membership form. Please see
How can I help BWC (voluntary work)?
Being a charity and NGO, volunteers are always most welcome and required for our various activities. Kindly fill up the voluntary activities section in the membership form and we shall get back to you when we require your help.
Can I translate BWC material and print it?
All BWC material is registered as copyright but can be translated into local languages or printed in other magazines with written permission from the Managing Trustee/Chairperson of BWC. You are therefore requested to send a letter seeking permission and specifying what you need to re-print. If permission is granted, it will be necessary to state BWC as the source in the printed material.
Can we provide BWC website as a link?
Yes, but if we agree, and please inform us after doing so.
I am a member of your organization, but lately have not been receiving your magazine or calendar. What is the reason?
The possibility could be that you have recently shifted from your residence and have not informed us your new postal address. However, if this is not the case, we request you to write us quoting your membership number (if you have it) and we shall look into the matter at the earliest. Also, we would not put it past our publications being pilfered.
Do donors benefit tax-wise?
All donations made to BWC are exempted from tax under Section 80-G of Income Tax Act, 1961. Please see
To download donation form (not essential to give filled form with donation) please go to
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