Animal testing is still a problem in 2018. According to Cruelty Free International, over 115 million animals are being used for animal testing worldwide. While many brands remain cruelty-free, others such as NARS have taken the decision to start testing on animals when it was completely avoidable.
There’s no excuse for companies to test on animals when there are better alternatives available, and when joining markets that require animal testing by law is a decision they can make. There are companies who have deliberately stayed out of such markets in order to maintain their cruelty-free status. Companies that test on animals in 2018 choose to test on animals. They make the choice to be cruel, and that’s not something I want to support.
Switching to cruelty-free products is one of the best ways to say no to animal testing, and these are the reasons why you should make the switch.
1. Animal testing is more cruel 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 ultimately killed. They’re essentially bred to live a life of fear and suffering. You can learn more here.
2. There are 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 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 and make a difference.
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. It’s better for the planet.
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 could 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.
11. Many cruelty-free brands are budget-friendly.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, you can still purchase cruelty-free. 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.
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 act like no animal testing is going on behind the scenes, or that it’s not as bad as it truly is. 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.
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