Why Cruelty Free?
Every year, millions of animals are poisoned and killed in barbaric tests that were crudely developed as long ago as the 1920′s to evaluate the toxicity of consumer products and their ingredients. Rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other animals are forced to swallow or inhale massive quantities of a test substance or endure the pain of a chemical eating away at their sensitive eyes and skin– even though the results of animal tests are often unreliable or not applicable to humans.
There are many misconceptions that animal testing is required on products or that it is the most effective way to see how a product works on humans. That is simply not true.
MYTH: The law requires animal testing to be conducted on personal care and cosmetics products.
FACT: 100% false. Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission require animal testing for cosmetics or household products. There are sufficient existing safety data as well as in vitro alternatives to make animal testing for these products obsolete. While it is true that virtually every ingredient, even water, has been tested on animals in the past, we can help prevent future animal testing.
MYTH: If a product isn’t tested on animals, it might not be safe for humans.
FACT: Not so! There are many reliable alternatives to using animals available, including cell and tissue cultures and sophisticated computer and mathematical models. Companies can also formulate products using ingredients already determined to be safe. Cruelty-free companies can use a combination of methods to ensure safety, such as employing in vitro tests and/or conducting clinical studies on humans.
For more information, please watch this video.
Companies that Test on Animals
It’s not just makeup that is tested on animals, there are hundreds of products from companies like Proctor and Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, L’Oreal, and Johnson & Johnson that are used to torture and kill innocent animals in ineffective testing. While the 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). They have not eliminated animal testing from their entire line of cosmetics and household products. It is up to you if you want to give money to a company that performs animal testing for some lines. This list is just a start and contains some of the common beauty products found in households. For more companies that test on animals and to find out which ones do not, check out www.caringconsumer.com
Arm & Hammer
Bain de Soleil
Clean & Clear
Johnson & Johnson
Ralph Lauren Fragrances
Soft & Dri
Common Animal Ingredients
How do you feel about insects in your eyeshadow? Wool fat in your lipstick? Regurgitated nectar in your skincare? If you use products with Carmine, Lanolin, or Honey, you’re putting all of these things on your face. Not only are these ingredients gross, they harm the animals involved in producing them.
While this is hardly a complete list, here are some common animal products found in cosmetics. You’ll find many ingredients have similar names to these, which can also be animal-derived. Additionally, synthetic or vegetable versions may be used, so check the source of the ingredient by contacting the company who manufactures the product in question.
Acetate*, Allantoin*, Ambergris, Amino Acids*, Amylase, Beeswax, Biotin*, Carmine, Carminic Acid, Casein, Castoreum, Cera Alba*, Cetyl Alcohol, Cochineal, Collagen, Elastin, Gelatin, Glycerin*, Guanine, Honey, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Animal or Milk Protein, Isopropyl Lanolate, Keratin, Lactose, Lanolin, Lecithin*, Mink Oil, Musk, Ribonucleic Acid or RNA*, Royal Jelly, Silk Powder, Stearic Acid*, Squalene*, Tallow, Urea*, Vitamin A*, Vitamin D3.
(*) May come from a synthetic or vegetable source.
For the animals, for the environment, for your health! There are many reasons to go vegan. Chances are you love animals; your cat or dog, the adorable animals of Cute Overload, and even the the If you love the animals called pets, why do you put animals on your plate? My friend Colleen Patrick-Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks has made an excellent video about becoming aware of all animals. Please take the time to watch it and think about the contents.
Earthlings is a documentary that everyone should see. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, it tackles how humanity depends on animals for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research. It’s lengthy, so sit down and watch this one at home, not from your desk at work. It contains strong images, but they need to be seen.
Additionally, my book The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life not only explains why veganism is the way to go, but helps you put the plan in to action with tips and recipes!