You may have seen this type of label on makeup and beauty products: “This company does not do any animal testing”. Have you ever really thought about it? Have you pledged to only buy cruelty-free makeup and beauty products?
Animal testing involves all different types of animals. The most common is the Beagle because they are somewhat bio-identical to humans. But other types of dogs, rats, mice, cats, goats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits can also be found in testing labs. They are living in cages and being poked and prodded day after day until they eventually die from the side effects, panic and stress, malnutrition or handling from those who don’t know how to handle these creatures. I won’t get into the specific things they do to animals, but if you are interested, do some research on your own, but be aware that it could be very sickening.
Make sure you know what cruelty-free really means and the tricky advertising they use to keep animal testing going. When you buy a product that supports animal testing, you are in turn supporting it with your money, so be aware. A product might read “This finished product not tested on animals,” and this could mean that while your face wash or blush might not be tested on animals, the materials or ingredients in the product might have been.
Obviously, the humane reasons why animal testing should be banned are clear, but the truth is we don’t need to test cosmetics and other beauty products on animals anymore. There are other more accurate and humane methods such as testing on artificial, lab-grown human tissue. Some countries have already banned animal testing and the United States are on their way, but you still need to be smart about what you buy and read labels. If a label doesn’t state that they don’t test on animals, chances are they probably do, but you can also look online to find out for sure.
You don’t have to go completely vegan or toss all of your current products. Just be smart when you shop for new products and go for brands you know are cruelty-free and protect your animal friends.
Do you shop cruelty-free? Will you be more proactive about shopping cruelty-free now? Share with us any stories you have or if you’ve never thought about this before.