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Swedish roosters bred to become lip fillers

Swedish roosters bred to become lip fillers

Published: 16 Oct 2011 12:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Oct 2011 12:09 GMT+02:00

Swedish roosters are bred for the sole purpose of serving as raw material in lip enhancements and anti-wrinkle creams, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

While most filler materials used in such enhancements are synthetic, the popular filler Dermavisc, made by Swedish company Bohus Biotech, is made by extracting hyaluronic acid from the red cockscomb.

According to the SR report, this occurs even though it is forbidden within the EU to test cosmetics and hygiene products on animals. However, there is no ban currently on making products from animals.

Jens Holm, Left Party MP, was in the EU Parliament when the ban on cosmetic animal testing was passed, and was incensed to hear about Swedish roosters' plight.

"I was extremely upset, but I was also surprised, because I thought the general development was towards trying to use less animals in tests, and less animal products overall. I thought technology was developing, helping us find synthetic options and other alternatives," said Holm to SR's reporter.

"We politicians simply must put a stop to this," he continued.

According to the SR report, the roosters have been specially bred to have as large a comb as possible, which means they also are containing as much hyaluronic acid as possible.

"The roosters are white, and have large red combs. Combs which are so big that some hang down over the roosters' eyes," wrote SR reporter Sofia Boo.

Roosters are taken to the slaughterhouse at 28 weeks of age, where the desired comb is chopped off.

No one is interested in the body, according to SR. Therefore it is minced and turned into feed for Danish mink farms, biogas or manure.

Daniel Ogbonnaya, CEO of Bohus Biotech, doesn't understand the criticism.

"We eat roosters too, and we farm salmon to eat, so I don't see the difference," he said to SR.

The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) are responsible for animal protection in Sweden. Despite that, they were unaware of the use of cockscombs in lip fillers, according to SR.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:58 October 16, 2011 by Redbee
This obsession with cosmetic enhancement is becomming sickening and very often dosent look good .Using animals for this purpose is selfish and cruel plus it's about money .Unfortuately many peoples' attitude towards other living creatures is that they are commodities to be abused and used no matter what pain and suffering will occur .To me they are to be pitied for having no conscience and are therefore dead from the neck up .
17:35 October 16, 2011 by Grokh
This is quite sad, the way cosmetic industry preys on female insecurity.

specially in sweden , there are some really hot women here but they have no idea because all their life they are told otherwise.

Selling cosmetic products should have the same restrictions as cigarrets since it absolutely changes the perspective of how people see eachother and try to fake being beutifull with cream and more creams, so in the end it is like a "cancer" to society everyone gets insecure which makes it really hard to even allow oneself to be happy.
18:01 October 16, 2011 by syntax
@Redbee Can't quite agree with you on this. When you sitting at the table and forking chickens and bread in your lovely mouth, have you ever considered what you are doing is kind of selfish and cruel, and about money? You don't have the ability to be self-sustained by producing food from photosynthesis or inorganic compounds, so you are not qualified to blame the use of animals or plants on other purpose. What is the difference between digesting a chicken in your tummy and applying the hyaluronic cream on your face?
18:08 October 16, 2011 by byke
So lets get this straight, women are putting cock between their lips and its now considered unacceptable in these PC times.
21:24 October 16, 2011 by anonymous4
If your girlfriend starts going "cock a doodle do", you'll know why.
04:57 October 17, 2011 by HenryPollard
To the average inane consumerist women of the West in 2011, obtaining lips akin to a fish is far more important than such trivial matters as the welfare of other living beings...
11:38 October 17, 2011 by DAVID T
@ byke - very funny haha
11:49 October 17, 2011 by Flappytango
byke i think that cock is not the problem it is that it is specified as big red floppy cock. it is an equality/race(or species)issue thar is the PC problem.
15:41 October 17, 2011 by Svensksmith
Big red floppy cock, that's my stage name.
14:09 October 18, 2011 by Redbee
To Syntex ,

I agree with you but you see i have been a vegetarian for forty years so am not directly responsible for exploiting animals for food .
22:19 October 18, 2011 by salalah
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