Global Developments in Animal Testing

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Animal Testing
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An animal rights advocate, Cody Saltsman upholds a personal commitment to ending animal cruelty. Cody Saltsman researches animal testing and boycotts companies that unnecessarily perform such practices while supporting the development of humane testing methods.

In January 2015, the Turkish Drug and Medical Device Institution officially implemented restrictions on the use of animal subjects in cosmetic testing. In doing so, Turkey joins such other world nations as Canada, Taiwan, Russia, India, and Israel, which introduced similar legislation in 2014 and 2015. This trend follows groundbreaking 2013 legislation from the European Union, which has officially banned the sale of any cosmetics produced using animal testing. Further regulations now also prohibit the marketing and import of cosmetics with ingredients tested on animals.

According to experts at Humane Society International (HSI), these restrictions align with consumer demand for more humanely produced cosmetics. The phrase “not tested on animals” emerged in a recent Nielsen survey as the most important claim on beauty product packaging, while 43 percent of those surveyed expressed a willingness to pay more for cruelty-free products.

Recent advances in humane alternatives such as in vitro and skin equivalent testing have made it easier for companies to respect the wishes of concerned buyers. The industry remains restricted by the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory, but shifting opinions in nearby Japan offer hope that such testing will soon fall out of fashion worldwide

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New Orleans Saints Give Back for Thanksgiving

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An accomplished student and athlete, Cody Saltsman maintained a position on the Steubenville High School football and baseball teams in addition to his studies. In his free time, Cody Saltsman enjoys watching NFL games, particularly those of his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints.

The New Orleans Saints recently took the opportunity to give back to their local community during their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day Giveaway. Every year, the team provides the funds needed to supply holiday meals to families in need. On November 24, 2015, several members of the Saints made an appearance at Central City’s Dryades YMCA to hand out more than 1,000 donated turkeys and other Thanksgiving foods from Winn-Dixie grocery stores.

A crowd of fans eagerly greeted the players as they entered the facility, quickly lining up to receive their meals from teammates including wide receiver Willie Snead, running back CJ Spiller, and linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha. In addition to handing out the food, the players posed for photo opportunities with attendees. Snead, who marked his first charity appearance at the giveaway, expressed his excitement at being able to thank local residents for their support while also showing that the Saints care about them.

Key Club Participates in Pennies for Patients Campaign

Cody Saltsman is Steubenville High School graduate who gave back to the community by participating in the Key Club during all four years of high school, serving as a senior representative during his final year. In his time working with the organization, Cody Saltsman engaged in a wide variety of community service, including such as Pennies for Patients, a benefit drive devoted to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the Key Club’s numerous charitable contributions.

Pennies for Patients was founded in North Carolina in 1995. The organization encourages students in schools around the country to compete in collecting coins of all values as a challenge. The class from each school that collects the most change wins a pizza party. Schools with the top collections earn additional prizes, such as sports equipment, computers, and other electronics. More than 10 million students throughout the country participate in Pennies for Patients annually over the campaign’s three-week period.

The Key Club participates not only in Pennies for Patients, but also in numerous other charitable causes, such as the Salvation Army’s Bell Ringing program, whose participants collect money for those in need throughout the holiday season. For more information, visit http://www.keyclub.org.

Pennies for Patients

A graduate of Steubenville High School, Cody Saltsman has involved himself in numerous humanitarian activities in his Ohio community, including visiting retirement communities to meet veterans and hear their stories. Cody Saltsman has also participated in the Pennies for Patients program to raise money for children with leukemia and lymphoma.

For the past 20 years, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has hosted Pennies for Patients to support its cause. It asks elementary, middle, and high school students to donate and collect pennies and other assorted loose change. Running on a three-week cycle, it involves children all across the nation who are looking to make a difference in the lives of people with blood cancers. Since its launch in 1995, Pennies for Patients has raised millions of dollars.

By associating with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, participants receive the guidance of a major nonprofit organization. It contributes classroom and individual collection boxes, as well as lesson plans and educational videos. The group also provides advice on campaign ideas that will increase awareness of the event and ideas for getting parents involved. Moreover, it will donate electronics and sports equipment to the schools in each district that acquire the most funds. For more information, visit www.penniesforpatients.org.