One of the reasons i regret leaving Europe: it now has a ban on animal testing…
In March 2013, the European Union did a wonderful thing, it banned the use of animal testing regarding cosmetic purposes. Israel had gone through with this a few months earlier. This ban took years to accomplish, with the help of companies such as Lush! (I know petitions can often seem useless, but every signature does help!)
This ban is only on NEW items, meaning that old products will remain on the shelf. (So just make sure to do your research if you do live in the EU!) The new products can not have ingredients tested on animals, the final product cannot be tested on animals and the company cannot hire a third-party to test for them. This is one of the biggest victories i have ever seen. I’m just curious why the US is so far behind in scientific research. How wonderful would it be to live in a cruelty free world!
The only problem with purchasing products in the EU is that there is the dilemma that you are still funding companies that test elsewhere. You can buy guilt free, but do you really want to give money to L’Oreal who kill millions of animals each year? Just something to think about…
There is a huge problem when applying results from animal experiments to humans. 92 per cent of the time, animal tests fail due to the fact that their bodies aren’t the same as ours. Therefore, an astonishing 92 per cent of animals die in complete vain (i believe its 100% but lets just talk scientifically).
Scientists have argued that animals and humans share key qualities such as forming social bonds, and experiencing fear, pain, loneliness and depression in lethal experiments. So they basically explain why it is morally WRONG to test on animals…
The saddest part is that there is such a thing as humane, alternative testing in the 21st century. If Europe has recognized this, why can’t other countries/continents?
Cutting edge technology has forged new frontiers with the use of lasers, fiber optics, microchips, genomics, computer-based drug design, and digital imaging, to name a few.
I’m just crossing my fingers that this will become a worldwide phenomenon one day…
Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s the start of my cruelty-free and cruel lists, ill update them and add more info every week. There are small details that i will go into soon, such as The Body Shop being bought by L’Oreal when the owner died which means although you are buying a great product from The Body Shop, you are ultimately giving money to animal testing. The whole thing can get pretty messy!
This just goes to show however that they’re are options available! I get so upset when i hear people say there’s no other choice. No other choice but murder and neglect? That’s a little harsh! Whether you want to spend a few dollars or a few hundred dollars, there are plenty of products out there for you!
Cruelty Free Cosmetics
Bath and Body Works
The Body shop
Josie Maran cosmetics
Wet & Wild
Bumble and Bumble
Clean & Clear
Dolce & Gabbana
p.s. If you are an animal lover like me, and you find something in my list that doesn’t belong, please let me know.
There’s really only one way to find out if a product is cruelty free on the spot. That is, if you don’t feel like sitting in the middle of an aisle on your smart phone doing extensive research online (which is what i end up usually doing). The leaping bunny has become a worldwide known symbol for animal friendly items, whether it be dish-washing powder, soap, mascara or even sanitary products!
If you happen to see the leaping bunny certification on the back of any products, then you basically won the lottery and your life became much easier. Unfortunately not all cruelty free products have this label.
One vital thing to remember – don’t be fooled when a company says that they do not conduct animal testing. Huge corporations often have others do the testing for them, or the ingredients that are used in their products have previously been tested. Sadly, the rights of animals has just become one big PR game to organizations in today’s era.
I’m currently putting together my updated list of friendly and un-friendly companies and hope to have it up this week!
p.s. Talking about bunnies, here’s a quick photo of my Angora rabbit who sadly passed away about two years ago, Rodger. How could anyone be so cruel to do harmful tests to a fluff-ball like this?
As a 23 year old woman living in Los Angeles and a devoted animal lover, I realized how much time I was spending online trying to find out what brands tested on animals and what didn’t. Whether it was cosmetics, deodorant, perfumes, household products or even my dog’s shampoo, it just wasn’t working due to the fact that the information just isn’t out there.
I became a vegetarian about 7 years ago whilst living in Cyprus (a small island in the Mediterranean) and soon after became cautious about animal testing. The first time I actually saw the cruelty that goes on behind the scenes was when I watched the documentary Earthlings (which I highly recommend). I couldn’t even begin to believe that I gave money to brands such as L’Oreal and Maybelline, companies which made bunnies go blind and have their skin burnt, made beagles inhale deadly fumes and slowly tortured mice and rats. Although i spent all my free time at animal shelters and saving/fostering those in need, I definitely wasn’t the animal lover I thought I was. All I could imagine was my dog being harmed because of human’s materialistic instincts. Statistics show that 100 million animals were used in experiments last year in the United States and the majority were subjected to pain without relief
A few years ago, I stopped buying any animal skins (leather etc) and cruel cosmetics. This was harder than it seemed when living on a small island and I often ended up hardly buying anything at all. Luckily that changed when I moved to Los Angeles and had a huge choice of cruelty free items available.
Hopefully I can make the path a little easier for someone out there, and give them cruelty free options through this blog.