Animal testing is still a problem in 2017. According to Cruelty Free International, over 115 million animals are being used for animal testing worldwide.

Switching to cruelty-free products is one of the best ways to say no to animal testing, and here’s why you should do it right now.

1. Animal testing is crueler than you think.

The animals used in experiments are not only confined to small cages and inhumane conditions, but they’re also subjected to tests that are beyond cruel. They’re tortured, maimed, blinded, and even killed. They live a life of suffering and know nothing but fear. You can learn more here.

2. Technology brought better alternatives to animal testing.

Some companies try to tell us that animal testing serves a purpose: tests are being performed on animals to make sure that ingredients and products are safe enough for humans. The truth is there are alternatives to animal testing for ingredient safety. For example, many companies choose to use in vitro testing, which has many advantages over animal testing. There are also cultured cell tissues as well as computer models.

3. Animal testing for cosmetics is simply unnecessary.

To formulate their products, companies can choose from a list of over 7,000 ingredients that are already proven to be safe. This just proves that they don’t need to test more ingredients on animals. The only companies that choose to test more ingredients on animals do so because they want to come up with new, innovative ingredients to increase their profits.

4. Laborary animals are animals too.

According to the law, laboratory animals form a special category of animals and aren’t protected from animal abuse and cruelty. This view is completely unethical and nonsensical. We protect pets from abuse, but laboratory bunnies, mice, dogs, cats, and other animals don’t have the same rights. Lab animals are animals too and should be protected from cruel treatment.

5. Cats and dogs are being used in animal experiments.

This wasn’t a typo. Cats and dogs are commonly used in medical animal experiments. Based on statistics from 2013, 67,772 dogs and 24,221 cats were used in animal testing in the United States alone that year. In terms of dog breeds, a shockingly large number of Beagles are used, because of their docile nature. These animals are treated like laboratory animals and are deprived of the basic rights we allow our pets.

6. You can vote with your money.

By supporting cruelty-free companies instead of the ones who choose to test on animals, you’re sending the whole industry a message in the only language they speak: money. They know that they won’t be getting your business unless they stop testing on animals. If enough consumers boycott companies that test on animals, we can truly make a change and influence more companies to go cruelty-free.

7. Thousands of great brands are cruelty-free.

There are thousands of cruelty-free brands available today. Gone are the days when choosing cruelty-free products meant only purchasing patchouli lotion from a small, local shop. We can still support all the great independent businesses, but a lot of mainstream big-name brands have now gone cruelty-free. You’re not really limiting yourself that much by making the switch, since so many great brands are cruelty-free.

8. Governments worldwide are banning animal testing.

Many counties have already banned animal testing for cosmetics on finished products and ingredients. The European Union, Isreal, India, Norway, Switzerland, South Korea, and New Zealand have all banned animal testing. So many governments across the world banning this practice should tell us how harmful and unethical it really is.

9. being more conscious and buying less = less waste.

Going cruelty-free is also a great excuse to give more thought to your purchases and have more of a minimalistic approach. By only buying the items we need (or by buying less of the crap we don’t need!), we’re also minimizing waste and doing our little part to be more conscious, and less wasteful of our resources.

10. You can save money by buying cruelty-free.

Besides reducing waste, another benefit of being more mindful of your purchases is that you’ll save some money. When buying cruelty-free products, there’s no doubt that you have fewer choices. But this can be a good thing if you’re aiming to save money. Buying less equals saving money. If you’re trying to reduce your spendings, you can say no to animal testing and benefit from saving money.

11. Many cruelty-free brands are budget-friendly.

If budget is an issue, you’re in luck. Many cruelty-free brands that are available at drugstores and won’t break the bank. For makeup, explore brands like E.L.F., BH Cosmetics, or Wet’n’Wild. For skincare, check out Pacifica (which is also 100% vegan).

12. You can be healthier and choose natural, non-toxic options.

Switching to cruelty-free cosmetics opens your eyes to products that are healthier for you. So many mainstream brands are full of harsh or toxic chemicals that do nothing good for your body. Our skin absorbs everything we feed it, and using lotions full of parabens, fragrance, and harmful chemicals isn’t a healthy habit. Since going cruelty-free, I also switched to natural deodorants (my favorite is Schmidt’s Deodorant) which I believe every woman should consider.

13. A cruelty-free home is more eco-friendly.

We shouldn’t forget that cleaning products are also routinely tested on animals. Most cruelty-free household cleaning products are also eco-friendly (a brand I love is Attitude). You can find cruelty-free brands that make everything from all-purpose cleaner to laundry detergent that are better for the environment than the mainstream brands. This means that they contain less harsh or toxic ingredients (often using more natural alternatives like essential oils), and they’re also better for your health as well as your pets’ health.

Petit Vour January 2016 - Vegan beauty box!

14. An excuse to subscribe to a cruelty-free beauty box.

Monthly subscription boxes are rad. Every month, you get a box full of treats to try out. A lot of beauty boxes out there aren’t cruelty-free, and include products that are tested on animals in pretty much every box. Boo! When you go cruelty-free, you get to sign up for a beauty box like Petit Vour, which is cruelty-free and all vegan.

15. When you know better, you do better.

The beauty industry likes to hide its dark side and minimize the actual animal testing going on behind the scenes. If you weren’t aware of the cruelty of animal testing before, it’s okay. Now that you know, you can make better and more informed decisions that can have a big impact on animals across the world.

  • Tess

    There is no such thing as cruelty free. Mica, the primary ingredient in most makeup across the board, is mined mostly by children under slave conditions. Even ethical companies like Lush have tried and failed to eliminate sources of child labor from their supply chain.
    By far, the point you make in #9 is the best takeaway here – reduce the consumption, reduce the demand, reduce the supply.

    • Ariel

      You CAN find make up that is cruelty free, vegan, and does not contain mica if that is your aim. Check out 100% pure, for example. Their popular setting powder is made exclusively from bamboo silica. There’s no sense in putting people’s efforts down by saying that it cannot be done, or implying that the sourcing of mica negates the message that it is wrong to senselessly torture animals. We can strive to be ethical on all fronts.

  • I just keep hoping that soon all cosmetics will be cruelty free. Tons of brands prove that it can be done! So hopefully the rest will follow suit eventually.

  • I love this post so much. I had to explain to my boyfriend that animal testing is actually a real thing that happens the other day. I think he’d just never even thought about it because it didn’t even make any sense to him that there was any kind of need to test on animals. My response was “there’s not”, and he said “why do they even do it then?’ EXACTLY! There is absolutely no point.
    I’m so happy that animal testing is not allowed in the EU, and I hope everywhere else will follow sooner rather than later.

  • Yess!! I’m about to go 100% cruelty free. I’m in the process of using up all products that aren’t cruelty free. I’m really enjoying researching new brands and the Love Lula is a UK cruelty free box where I can find new brands.
    Also I’ve found that the majority of crulety free products are non-toxic/paraben and sulphate free/vegan etc so not only is it more ethical, but it’s better for your skin!

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