Barry M’s cruelty-free make-up range that funds and supports wildlife conservation around the world.
Barry M's WILDLIFE® collection includes four, limited edition 9-shade eyeshadow palettes: WILDLIFE® ‘Tiger’ and WILDLIFE® ‘Snow Leopard’, WILDLIFE® ‘Pangolin’ and WILDLIFE® ‘Rhino’ plus a range of 6 Nail Paints and 3 Lip Balms, all supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF).
Our WILDLIFE® palette designs feature artworks created by artist Emily Lamb, granddaughter of the charity’s founder, David Shepherd. The shades inside have also been inspired by the animal species.
Since our launch in 1982, Barry M has always been a passionately cruelty-free brand, campaigning for the end of cosmetic animal testing around the world. However, with the horrific and growing threat of global wildlife extinction, we’re now committed to do more – namely, to provide vital funding for those working to protect animals and nature around the world.
At least 20% of Barry M’s profits from all WILDLIFE® products will go to DSWF.
And, as the WILDLIFE® brand grows, we hope to find more ways to fund and support this vital cause. In the case of our WILDLIFE® palettes, profits from each palette will go directly to support the featured animal; funds from the Tiger palette will support tigers, Snow Leopard sales will provide funding for snow leopard conservation, Pangolins for Pangolins and so on.
For details of the ways in which we’ll be supporting the animals, read on!
There’s a BIG IDEA we’re introducing too and that concerns the use of animal imagery to sell products, whether that’s makeup, clothes, cars – you name it. You can read more about this below, but it’s one of the many reasons we chose to work with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation – an organisation whose founder wanted to give back to the animals who’d inspired him as an internationally-famous wildlife artist. In the same way, Barry M’s WILDLIFE® products will now champion and give back to the very animals they feature.
About David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is a highly effective wildlife conservation charity, founded by the late, great, wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE FRSA (1931-2017). The charity seeks to help save endangered wildlife around the world.
DSWF works to fight wildlife crime, protect endangered species, and engage local communities to protect their native wildlife across Asia and Africa.
Through dedication and hard work, DSWF has influenced policy, shifted attitudes and provided an unwavering voice for wildlife conservation, from grass-roots to the world stage, for 35 years. They work hard to maximise the impact of every donation received and – to date – have invested over £9.5m in wildlife conservation projects.
Protecting WILDLIFE® Tigers
DSWF supports tiger conservation across Asia through funding key, ground-based project partners in Russia, Thailand and India. The organisation fights to protect the world’s last remaining wild populations in their natural habitat.
Through educational programmes involving creative arts in Russia, to anti-poaching dog squads in India, DSWF is committed to protecting these species and the communities who share their space. DSWF also fights for greater legal protection and calls for an end to all trade in tiger parts and derivatives.
Protecting WILDLIFE® Snow Leopards
DSWF supports field-based snow leopard protection and community engagement programmes in both Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. They not only provide support to both habitat expansion and protection, but also viable, sustainable, alternative livelihoods and micro-financing initiatives for rural herders and communities living in harmony with these elusive creatures.
Protecting WILDLIFE® Pangolins
Despite pangolins remaining relatively unknown, the pangolin trade has reached epidemic proportions. With over one million pangolins believed to have been traded illegally in the last decade, pangolins are now the most heavily trafficked wild animal in the world.
Pangolins are in high demand for their meat which is considered a local delicacy, for their scales for medicinal purposes in China, and their leather for wearable goods in the USA.
In 2016, all eight species of pangolin were re-classified at CITES to give them the highest level of protection, however illegal trade is still ongoing; in 2017, China made the biggest recorded seizure of pangolin scales at 11.9 tonnes, which is the equivalent of around 20,000 pangolins.
The DSWF initiatives WILDLIFE ® supports to help Pangolins
DSWF works at all levels of the illegal wildlife chain to protect pangolins and help to reduce their demand on the black market and as a consumer product by:
- Working closely with ground-based conservation partners to prevent pangolin poaching at its source;
- Funding law enforcement efforts in Africa by tackling the illegal trafficking of the species;
- Protecting existing populations of pangolins, working closely with local communities and stakeholders to help prevent extinction;
- Supporting large-scale demand reduction campaigns in consumer countries – particularly in China and Vietnam, where pangolin scales are regularly used in various products;
- Dispelling the myths that pangolin products can cure diseases and illnesses thereby helping to reduce the demand for them in consumer countries and their use and value in the illegal wildlife trade.
Protecting WILDLIFE® Rhinos
Rhinos are one of the oldest living creatures on the planet and have lived on earth for over 40 million years. However, in less than a decade more than 8,800 rhinos have been lost to the poaching epidemic sweeping across Africa and Asia with their horn now rivalling the price of gold on the black market.
The illegal wildlife trade, combined with habitat destruction and human encroachment, have pushed rhinos to the brink of extinction. Rhino populations have decreased dramatically throughout Africa and Asia and have never been in more need of protection.
The DSWF initiatives WILDLIFE® supports to help Rhinos
DSWF has been a supporter of both the African rhino and the Indian one-horned rhino since the Foundation was started over 35 years ago. They do this by:
- Providing vital funds to ground-based project partners to support anti-poaching and rhino protection initiatives on the frontline of conservation efforts;
- Working alongside colleagues to fight for an end to all trade in rhino horn, influencing policy and ensuring the toughest legislation measures are enacted to protect rhinos in the wild;
- Funding aerial surveillance initiatives and rapid response rhino rescue missions in South Africa;
- Supporting research and monitoring programmes in Namibia (the last stronghold of desert adapted black rhinos) to collate vital data on the remaining populations which is imperative to their survival;
- Funding park protection measures in Asia to ensure the security of vital rhino populations; and…
- Working alongside communities in rhino range states and internationally to promote the importance of rhino conservation.
The Big Idea
How many times are images of animals used to sell things to make money for humans? The Shell tiger, the Jaguar cars’ jaguar, the SSE energy Orangutan, the Puma puma, the Penguin books’ Penguin, even Cadbury's ‘Freddo the Chocolate Frog’ – the examples are endless.
And then there’s our ‘own’ world: beauty, where animal images and prints are continually used to sell designs and attract customers.
Once you start looking, you'll find that animals and wildlife prints are some of the most popular images used in design, entertainment and commerce. Though it’s no surprise, of course. Wildlife is a treasure of beauty, colour and stunning variety. But what does this Wildlife – these inspirational animals – get in return?
Sometimes, the animals’ owners may receive payment. Animal photographers and film-makers will be given fees. Designers and artists will be paid for their work. But the creatures themselves – the subjects and inspiration for all this money-making work – what do they get?
The answer is – almost always – nothing.
If animals were celebrities, they'd have copyrighted and protected their images long ago so no one could use them without permission or payment for the privilege.
That’s why we believe 'Wildlife' should be trademarked:
But tigers don’t have bank accounts?
True. Animals don't have much use for cash (they haven’t got pockets for a start – unless they’re marsupials!). What they do have, is a need for help and protection. Help and protection that money can bring. And of course, funds are now desperately needed by environmental organisations and charities to protect animals and their environments.
We’re in a world where endangered wildlife needs our support more than ever; is it right that we should take from it without some recognition of its fundamental role in the commercial success of brands? After all, we’re the ones who are destroying habitats and driving extinction.
This is why Barry M created WILDLIFE®, a beauty brand where every product sold provides a donation to the animal it champions.
This simple idea is one of the many reasons we chose to work with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. In the same way as DSWF, Barry M’s WILDLIFE® products will now champion and give back to the animals they feature:
"I set up my foundation with the sole purpose of giving something back to the animals that helped me achieve success as an artist. At a time when the world's wildlife is under such devastating pressure from expanding human populations and the illegal trade, it seems fitting that we take a step back and reflect on the sheer beauty and diversity of our natural world and what could be lost if we do not truly appreciate the value of the world around us."
With Barry M’s WILDLIFE® trademark, our key aim is to publicise the fact that the animals that inspire us, all deserve recognition – and they need our help. Barry M has always been a cruelty-free brand, with animal welfare held close to our hearts. We hope this is a new and meaningful way to do something positive for the natural world we love.
WILDLIFE®, with its very prominent ® symbol, is a Barry M trademark. But we’d like to share it with others wishing to demonstrate their love of wildlife, and who believe in the simple idea of giving back to nature.