As a blogger, I follow other blogs of personal interest to me. One of those blogs has at the helm a dog who posts! Yes, seriously. In addition to my two-legged children, I’m a mom to four-legged, furry children, and I enjoy reading about other breeds, and what they’re doing.
One of the private questions that this blogger, Rumpy the Dog, posed to me was this: why review only cruelty free products? The result of those private conversations was Mr. Rumpy Dog asking if I would be interested in posting about this important topic on his Blog. While this may come across as a bit of a humorous post, I assure you, it is not. We all have issues that we hold important to us, and want others to join in our crusade for or against. This is one of mine.
I hold this belief: there is no reason that unwilling subjects, in this case animals, should be forced to participate in the testing of any materials to deem them “safe to use” on others. Period. Where are the ethics, people? There is no question that by testing on animals they are indeed suffering, and for the sole purpose of determining what is a toxic level that will cause them to die prematurely.
Do I then recommend that humans be subjected to this testing? The huge difference between animal testing and human testing is this: the humans participate in such testing of their own free will, and with signed consent forms. The animals do not have a choice. They are not “willing participants.”
The FDA does not require animal testing for cosmetics. Please read this on the FDA website: “FDA supports the development and use of alternatives to whole-animal testing as well as adherence to the most humane methods available within the limits of scientific capability when animals are used for testing the safety of cosmetic products.”
At Leaping Bunny, you will find out that animal protection groups banded together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). This Coalition is known by it’s Leaping Bunny Logo. Here is the link to follow on Twitter.
This logo makes it easy for consumers to find animal-friendly products. The Leaping Bunny Program makes it very easy for you to be assured that no animal testing is used “in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.”
There are now almost 400 companies that are certified cruelty-free, but, all companies should be cruelty free! There should not be a need for such a list! Find the *complete* list of companies, and download a PDF shopping guide, a Global Shopping Guide and a pocket-size guide.
Leaping Bunny also has a page on their website where companies contribute back. Take a look, please.
Take the pledge that is on the Leaping Bunny website: “As a compassionate consumer I pledge to only purchase cosmetic, personal care, and/or household products from companies that do not test finished products, ingredients, or formulations on animals….”
A video on the Leaping Bunny Website talks about the unnecessary need for animal testing, and the Leaping Bunny Program:
You can make a difference! Companies listen when customers stop buying their products! Please, purchase only cruelty free products.
“Mankind’s true moral test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
-Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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