Surya Brasil respects the interconnectedness of all life and strives to create healthier lifestyle products for a healthier world. The brand harmoniously brings together nature, the science of Ayurveda and sustainable technology while respecting the animal and plant kingdoms for the purpose of preserving a better world, one that is ecologically sustainable and socially responsible. All products, including their natural and organic skin care collections are made from sustainably-harvested, non GMO ingredients, vegan certified, gluten free, and are never tested on animals.
Animal protection…the fight for animal rights
Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives.
It all started with Alex, a beautiful circus lion that was a victim of animal cruelty with his teeth and claws filed down and living in unacceptable conditions. Alex was rescued from a circus in Brazil and he is now living comfortably in a natural sanctuary in São Paulo thanks to the brand’s co-founder, Clelia Angelon, who sponsored his new home and paid for his lawyer, veterinarian care and daily meals. Surya Solidarity also came together to help Venus & Jupiter, two Bugio monkeys, victims of ill treatment that were rescued in São Paulo.
The Little House of Pigs
In 2013, employees and volunteers helped save a family of mother and piglets who were fleeing a local pork factory. These adorable creatures now weigh in at 400 pounds each and happily reside at the “Little House of Pigs”, a shelter with a ranch-like setting with meals and daily care for the animals subsidized by the brand. When the pigs grew, Surya Brasil created larger ranch in the country side of São Paulo in Mogi das Cruzes, where they built a 500 square meter home for them with an enclosed area to protect them in the winter and summer months. They installed a bio digester, an anaerobic tank that digests organic material biologically, to keep from polluting the ground water. The pigs eat a vegan diet of organic corn, sugar cane and oats and through Surya Solidarity; Surya Brasil is responsible for the cost of food and veterinary treatment for all of the animals.
Surya Solidarity recently rescued two horses, a 15-year-old filly and 2-year-old colt. They were both adopted together because they get along very well and in Clelia Angelon’s eyes and heart, just couldn’t be separated. Russinha, the filly had been abused and abandoned after working for many years when her legs and back were injured. This past December 2013 the Surya Solidarity team also rescued 20 small chickens that were saved from being served at a holiday dinner.
Art by Animal Rights, A Celebration and Exhibition In the week that commemorates the adoption of Bill 777, which prohibits the use of animals in testing of cosmetic products, toiletries and perfumes across the state of São Paulo, Brazil, Surya Brasil celebrated wi th a champagne toast and has helped to curate the exhibition “Art by Animal Rights” which opened Friday, January 31, at Espaço Surya R. Dr. Fabrizio Vampré, 232 – VI. Mariana. This exhibit was organized by Maurice Kanno and Beatriz Ramos Rezende, plus 15 other artists from Brazil and the world, respecting animals as individuals.