Welcome back friends! I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about a very controversial and difficult subject…animal testing in the cosmetic industry. This post was very hard for me to write but I feel this is an important subject that we should all be talking about. The way I look at it is I have a voice, the animals do not, so why don’t I be their voice! 🙂
WARNING: In this post I will not be posting slaughter videos or cruelty photos. I will be talking about sensitive subjects and some of my information can be a bit graphic. I just hope to spread the word on this horrible practice and if I can educate just one of you and make you think twice I have done my job. In this post I will be posting “happy” photos of wild animals that are commonly tested on in cosmetics laboratories.
DISCLAIMER: I do need to mention that I do use some brands/products that are tested on animals. I am not perfect! However, in the past year I have made a conscious effort to be better. I have not made any repurchases on brands that have been tested on animals. If I’m in a store, I have a product in my hand and I’m deciding between two brands, without a doubt I will go for the brand that does not test on animals. I am making it a personal goal of mine to one day be 100% cruelty free.
All I ask of you is to try to make a small change. If that means write to a company, to support PETA/ Humane Society or not repurchase a product that is tested on animals then you are making a difference!
I got most of my information from PETA as well as the Humane Society. Check them out! They have great ways you can help and make a difference on their websites.
- The European Union, Israel, and India have banned sales of any cosmetic and cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals.
- Companies rub products into the eyes of rabbits, without any pain relief, for irritation tests
- Animals are force fed products to see the effects of the animal if the product is ingested. They look for general illnesses, cancer or even birth defects.
- Animals are force fed products in fatal amounts to see how much of a product is needed to ingest to cause death.
- At the end of the test animals are usually killed by asphyxiation, neck breaking or decapitation
- There are over 50 non-animal tests that have been validated for use
- More than 100 million animals suffer and die in the US from animal testing
Okay enough of that! Lets talk about some great brands that do not test of animals!
Another great resource is one of my favorite beauty bloggers Carli Bybel. She has some great information on her channel and how she is flipping her makeup collection to all cruelty free and how she went Vegan.
Well friends I hope this wasn’t too aggressive but I think all animals need a voice! Let me know your thoughts and what you do to make a difference. Until next time!