Thursday, September 17, 2009

Beauty can be Cruelty-free

Hello everyone! As you all know, I'm an animal-lover and I have just realized the importance of patronizing cruelty-free products. I agree that compannies produces these products because consumers are buying them so if we stopped buying these items that are tested on animals, the companies will stop making them altogether and we can stop them from testing on animals. After doing some research about animal testing, I got quite paranoid in buying items especially those that has no clear meaning whether they are against animal testing or not. An example of this is Bath and Body Works lotion. I love this lotion so much but I just noticed the label this afternoon..it has a very ambigous statement of "this finished product is not tested on animals." Now I wonder, does it mean only the finished product (the lotion itself) is not tested on animals but the ingredients are? Then if that is true, then it depicts the purpose of being cruelty free right? Coz you still have tested them on animals..I'm just glad that BBW cleared this misunderstanding and they do not test on animals..whew! 
 
I can't imagine the intensity of the pain and discomfort these animals need to experience under the hands of these people who don't care a whit about how these animals are feeling or if they die or not from all of these chemicals that are being introduced to their little bodies,.Just imagine a cute little rabbit being fed with a certain chemical to check if it will have a reaction or not..then what if that chemical is so potent for that little body and can cause tremendous pain? and since he doesn't have any power, he will suffer until his body gives up and die. Isn't that so heart breaking? What if that animal is you very own dog or cat? I believe that humans are made by God in order to take care of all the animals in the world but what are we doing? We are abusing the power of superiority that we have been given. 
 
I'm really sad that most of the companies who do animal-testing are the big ones like Loreal, Procter and Gamble, Unilever and the like. I have found many sites where in there are lists of companies that do or do not support animal testing.
 
for the list of COMPANIES THAT DO ANIMAL TESTING click here
I copied some FAQs from this website:
"–How does a company get on the "Don't Test" list?

Companies listed as "Don't Test" have either signed our statement of assurance that they are cruelty-free or provided a statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any non-required animal tests on ingredients, formulas, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.

–Why are these companies included on the "Do Test" list?

The companies on the "Do Test" list manufacture products that are tested on animals. Listed in parentheses are examples of products manufactured by either the company listed or its parent company. For a complete listing of products manufactured by a company on this list, please visit the company's Web site or contact the company directly for more information. Companies on this list may manufacture individual lines of products without animal testing (e.g., Clairol claims that its Herbal Essences line is not animal-tested), but have not, however, eliminated animal testing from their entire line.

–How often are the lists updated?
This database is updated weekly to reflect any new additions, deletions, or changes to existing info. The list is based on the most current information available to us.

–Are all the products on the "Don't Test" list vegan?
No. Only the companies marked as "vegan" manufacture strictly vegan products—made without animal ingredients, such as milk and egg byproducts, slaughterhouse byproducts, lanolin from sheep, honey, or beeswax. Companies that are not marked as vegan may still offer some vegan products.

–I can't find a particular company on either the "Do Test" list or the "Don't Test" list. What does that mean?

A company may not be found because it has a parent company that tests on animals, because we have no information on its policies, or because it claims to be cruelty-free but has not yet signed our statement of assurance (this must be done in order to be listed). You can inquire with us regarding companies not listed or write to them directly and ask."


Another site you might want to check is http://www.idausa.org/facts/crueltyfree.html

For the list of Make Up Without Cruelty click here
 
This comprehensive list of makeup without cruelty is created by Suzzan (of mymakeupmirror.com), who is a health and beauty writer, and is passionate about animal rights..She have done extensive research about these companies and have been continously updating this list so I believe that this is credible. She's also connected with Leapingbunny.org which is an international organization that focuses on keeping cosmetic products free of animal-cruelty. Plus you can also counter check the information you have read on her blog on these sites: "Sephora, Ulta, the PETA Mall, bewellstaywell.com, Whole Foods, your local health food store, and sometimes even at the pharmacy or Target." She also placed there at the end that if you have a non-animal tested company that should be added to the list, please let her know.
 
I really believe that by simply spreading the word and by not purchasing these products, we can help save our cute furry friends' lives. Let us support this cause guys. I know that you are also against torturing innocent animals for the welfare of beauty right? There are alot of great products that do not test on animals so why can't other companies do this too? We all have a choice anyway :)
 
Thank you for reading my very long blog. I hope we can do something good today by supporting this campaign of keeping cosmetics (and other products) cruelty-free. ^_^
Till next time, Bye!

6 comments:

Askmewhats said...

very informative post! i love it when cosmetics are cruelty free :D

Crystal Gale said...

Thanks Nikki! hmm I hope we can know if our locally made products are cruelty free too ^_^

Lily said...

Hi, Just wondering if Laneige test on animals? Because its an asian brand I cant seem to find info about it anywhere.

Crystal Gale said...

Hi lily! I haven't found a source that can tell me if Laneige is cruelty-free or not...I'm searching and asking around for some Korean brands that I love but no data...But I hope they are cruelty-free coz I love Laneige...

Mars said...

They are owned by AmorePacific who DOES test on animals...also all companies who sell in China are required to do animal testing...:(

Crystal Gale said...

Hi Mars! Really? May I know where you got the info that Amore Pacific tests on animals? That's so sad...that means Etude House is not cruelty free too :(