Cosmetic Animal Testing is one of the cruelest industries in the world. You know why? Because it is the most selfish one.
Why must innocent animals suffer just so you can powder your nose or apply mascara on your lashes?
How often do you think about animal cruelty? I'm going to say not often, for if you did - you wouldn't be supporting all of the companies who still condone it. It's 2017 - why do companies need to test things still? Hasn't everything already been invented?
If it still needs to be tested - it makes one wonder - what is truly inside of out cosmetics?
I am not going to insert horrible pictures and facts that expose the cruel animal testing industry. It leaves me a blubbering anxious mess for days, so if you need proof - google it. I know I did, about 8 years ago, and for me everything changed on that day. I was so furious that I threw out about 90% of cosmetics and cleaning supplies I owned, just because they weren't on the cruelty free list. Excessive? Wasteful? Sure, I agree, but I couldn't stand a thought of supporting these companies and their practices even a second longer.
If you think that you not supporting companies who test on animals won't change anything - think again. Sure it won't help if only I do it. Or 10 people even. But what if there's a 100 of us? A 1000? A whooping 10,000? What happens then?
Companies start losing revenue. Don't believe me? Why do you think big companies such as Unilever and Johnson and Johnson started buying out smaller cruelty free companies and converting them to their practices? Because they couldn't compete in an honest competition. So they cheated.
Buying out smaller companies successfully accomplishes 2 things:
- It takes care of the competitor, for the competitor ceases to exist.
- They keep getting revenues from the people who were supporting the cruelty-free company previously (it takes a while for people to notice the change, for why would we read labels of the companies we already trust?).
Remember when St. Ives and Tresemme were cruelty free? Them being bought out came to be a very unpleasant shock.
Big companies buying out smaller ones is both bad and good.
It is bad, because we lose great companies that used to be ethical and made great product.
It is good, because it means that the animal testing companies are panicking.
It's easy to support cruelty free companies- all you have to do is read the label and look for a bunny sign on it. Some companies also just put words "not tested on animals" without the bunny sign.
You don't have to clean out everything you own and go buy all the new make up. But you can start shopping smart and choosing your products wisely in the future. Stop putting money in the animal cruelty. Please.
I understand that it is a long way for us to stop eating animals completely, to stop promoting fast fashion industry that abuses its underage workers. A long way to help the climate and clean up the pollution. But we can do something about Cosmetic Animal Cruelty now! It is not necessary and it is not ethical. All we have to do is:
- Stop buying from companies that still condone cruelty.
- Share the message of Cruelty-Free make up with our friends, and everybody else.
The results won't come quick, but they will in time. The companies will either be forced to stop their testing and convert to cruelty-free methods, or hopefully with time go out of business. But that won't ever happen if we all don't do our part.
There are so many great Cruelty-Free makeup companies - I am sure you will find all of your substitutes easily. And cruelty-free companies are very often also organic and natural - hence, better for you. Cruelty Free Kitty has a list (which they constantly update) of Cruelty - Free companies. Check it out below.
And if you need more inspiration about going cruelty-free check out Evanna Lycnh on Instagram (she's an actress who played Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter films). She is a great inspiration. Her Instagram link down below.