One of the things that shocked me when I first made the decision to lead a vegan lifestyle was the cruelty that lurks in every corner of day to day life. Not only do people kill and eat animals but they torture them in the name of science, entertainment and fashion.
I quickly realised that veganism wasn’t simply about choosing a plant-based diet but adopting an entirely cruelty-free lifestyle. I had no idea how many companies continue to test on animals. It made me rethink everything from the make-up I wore to the household products I bought. Until you get to know which products are cruelty-free this can feel a bit overwhelming. I found the Choose Cruelty Free website and app really helpful as they have a clear list of companies that have been certified as cruelty-free. You can also look out for leaping bunny logo on products as indicator that something is cruelty-free.
Making the choice to buy cruelty-free certainly takes an adjustment in the sense that you have to re-learn what to buy and where to buy it from, but it’s also an easy choice when you think about the alternative. It’s morally wrong to test on animals and we have absolutely no right to do so. It’s also disgusting to think that the reason some of these animals are being tortured and killed is simply in the name of mascara. Or lipstick. Or hair dye. Or toilet cleaner. Never mind those rabbits as long as I’ve got full lashes. It’s another horrible example of society gone mad, of consumerism gone mad. And that’s not saying we can’t have full lashes if that’s what we want. We can have full lashes without forcing animals to suffer for it and without animal products being used. There are plenty of cruelty-free companies out there with great products. Why would you want to give your money to some giant company that condones animal testing when you could spend it with an ethical company instead?
We, as consumers, have the power to make a change if we just put our money where our mouths are. I demand cruelty free products and so my money is going to those who provide it. Imagine if we all did that?
I’ve now found products that I like and trust, and I continue to discover new vegan-friendly companies by attending festivals, checking forums for advice, and researching online. Here are my tips for finding cruelty-free products:
- Use reputable organisations such as Choose Cruelty Free and PETA to check which products and companies are accredited as cruelty-free.
- Read the small print in animal testing policies. Some companies claim they don’t test their products on animals but then they import from countries that do. And beware the but! We don’t condone testing on animals unless…..
- Who’s the daddy? Who is the parent company and do they test on animals? For example, the Body Shop is now owned by L’Oreal who test new ingredients on animals.
- Check out the FAQ page to see if products are suitable for vegans. If there’s no information available then contact the company directly and ask them what their products contain and what their policy on animal testing is.
- Vegan forums are a great place to get ideas for new tried and tested beauty products.
- Trust the bunny. Look out for the CFF rabbit logo to know that a product has been certified as cruelty-free.
You can buy cruelty-free products online, in your local pharmacy and your local supermarket. Once you know what you’re looking for it’s easy to make a cruelty-free choice. We hold the power to stop animal testing if we just stop the demand for it. Support the companies doing the right thing and send a message to the ones that aren’t – we spend our money with those who truly cruelty-free.