Go for no animal testing products! As humans, we tend to appreciate the feeling of soft, fluffy things on our skin, whether it be a blanket, a sweater, or even our pet. Not to say that all pets are furry, but a lot of the common ones are. And no, I don’t mean dogs and cats.
Some of the most popular pets include fish, birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and ferrets. But unfortunately, these animals are not only recognized for being common pets. They are also amongst the most popular utilized for animal testing.
The beauty industry
It’s a wide-known fact that the beauty industry sometimes tests their products on animals. These furry creatures receive a considerable amount of suffering from the end goal of releasing cosmetic products safely for our purchase.
Animal activists have fought to implement specific rights, their desire to defend these critters shared by many others. Despite this, a lot of companies within the beauty industry refuse to adopt a more humane approach and continue with their cosmetic testing.
There has only been less than a 3% decrease in animals used for cosmetic testing since 2017, according to the US Agricultural Department (USDA). Guinea pigs are ranked highest, with 22%, followed by rabbits at 17%. Hamsters hold 11%, while other animals like ferrets, bats, chinchillas, and pigs make up about 20% of all animals used for testing. There are laws and regulations meant to help them, like the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). But these smaller animals are exempted from even the AWA’s minimal protection. Meaning they still suffer, and many most likely die as a cause of this.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what we as humans can do to help this cause. It may seem like we are powerless. We may also feel guilty, still wanting to purchase and use products from the beauty industry. But just like anything else in this world, even the smallest amount of effort can make a difference. There are two main ways to do this:
1. Opt for no animal testing products
Thinking you might be supporting a company that tests on animals is a hard pill to swallow. Especially if a skincare routine is essential to leaving your skin looking radiant (and let me tell you, it usually is.) There are many companies out there that have adopted more humane approaches by not using animals to test their products. Look for labels such as “cruelty-free” or directly “not tested on animals.” It will help you not only shop ethically, but your skin will look stunning too!
2. Take the time to research and rule out which companies test on animals
A simple google search with phrases such as “companies who do not test on animals” or “no animal testing brands” will yield different results. Here you can pick and choose which companies or brands avoid cosmetic testing on animals. This way, you can have a clean conscience by knowing you are supporting brands in favor of animal rights.
We as a brand are concerned about this situation, and we do not test our products on animals. Let us be the generation that ends with animal cruelty.