When we think about animal testing, we tend to think about makeup almost instantly. I find that this is because all of our attention – that of concerned and conscious persons – tends to be shifted towards makeup when we talk about animal cruelty in terms of animal testing. However, it is important to know that this process is not only practiced by the beauty industry (cosmetics, fragrances, skincare, etc), that there are many other industries that animal-test, including healthcare and cleaning products.
A few examples of companies that test on animals are Palmolive, Clorox, L’oreal and Estee Lauder. But… what exactly is animal testing? It is any experiment or test which a living animal is subjected to, and it will probably cause them harm or make them suffer. Some typical animal tests include injecting animals with chemicals, organs being surgically removed or inhalation of toxic gases. These inhumane treatments to animals constitute a multi-million dollar industry which is hardly monitored.
There are many non-animal methods that are alternative to animal testing, like computer modeling and even research with human volunteers. Companies, especially big ones, have no necessity to animal-test. Nonetheless, because they find it easier to go for this process. However, the organization PETA claims that animal testing alternatives are “cheaper, faster, and more accurate” than animal testing.
It comes down to a matter of principles. So, if you don’t support animal testing, what you can do is watch out for animal testing brands and try to buy less or no products from them. Here are a few tips if you are interested in shopping cruelty-free brands:
- Be critical
Look for brands that are certified cruelty free , find a reliable source that gives you that information.
- Try to find the “Leaping Bunny”
It is a cruelty free certification that tries to prevent any future animal testing.
- Shop more independent retailers
There are plenty of people that make their own products that use natural safe ingredients and produce locally.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things
Get out of your comfort zone and try new products, you will definitely be pleasantly surprised!
For more information visit https://www.peta.org/