One of the most desirable certificate for the cosmetic brands right now is ‘cruelty free’ or ‘no animal testing’. For some people that’s the most important criterion. This is the first of several blog posts which says about all the animal testing brands, alternatives and statistics. Ethics is becoming one of the most important part of our lives. Check out this post to know the truth about makeup and animal testing!
PETA association is the biggest organisation in the world which protects animals. Beware of the photographs in this post – they might be cruel ut you should see them.
China is the place where animal testing is still very popular. Testing on animals is required by law. Even imported products needs to be tested before they will go on sale in China supermarkets. Testing methods are archaic and very brutal.
A lot of cosmetics brands decide to send their products to China to test them, while in Europe or US they say that cosmetics are cruelty free. In fact – they test on animals.
Which brands are not testing on animals and are cruelty free? Those are some examples:
- Too Faced
- Colour Pop
Mice, monkeys, cats, dogs and rabbits – that’s the animals which are treated very cruel, dying in pain in tiny cages. Their life is a hellhole.
There is no ethics in laboratories. There’s no person who could take care of the innocent animals.
“We have moved away from studying human disease in humans. … We all drank the Kool-Aid on that one, me included. … The problem is that [animal testing] hasn’t worked, and it’s time we stopped dancing around the problem. … We need to refocus and adapt new methodologies for use in humans to understand disease biology in humans.” —
Dr. Elias Zerhouni
Alternative ways to test cosmetics, drugs or food are getting more and more popular. Those methods are more humanitarian, cheaper and more effective. Human cells or tissues tests, as well as in vitro methods are efficient.
Harward Wyss Institute created microchips, which can be used also as an alternative way of animal testing.
There’s even an artificial human body which bleeds, breathes and has a very natural looking skin and body.
In California for example, cruelty free cosmetics are required by law.
“We are proud to have led the effort to pass this monumental law,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation. “Animal testing is not needed to prove the safety of cosmetics and personal hygiene products, and this new law codifies that scientific fact. We must modernize and get rid of these antiquated protocols and stop torturing poor innocent animals. Once again, our great state of California is a leader on such important smart and compassionate animal rights issues.”
A groundbreaking law, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which passed in 2018, will ban all sales of cosmetics that have been tested on animals after January 1, 2020. Similar story is in Korea where almost all products have to be cruel free.
Statistics? Over one hundred million animals per year are killed for testing only in United States.
How you can help?
- Try buying more cosmetics which are cruelty free. Here you can find browser which brand is testing on Animals and which is not.
- Support organizations like PETA. Here you can donate.
- Vote for no testing on animals in governmental surveys and initiatives.
- Share the knowledge but don’t judge – give a good example, lead the way.
Remember, that animals can’t speak. This is us, who should speak for them and take care of them, like Joaquin Phoenix:
‘I’m full of so much gratitude now. I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room, because we share the same love – that’s the love of film. And this form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life. I don’t know where I’d be without it.
But I think the greatest gift that it’s given me, and many people in [this industry] is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless. I’ve been thinking about some of the distressing issues that we’ve been facing collectively.
I think at times we feel or are made to feel that we champion different causes. But for me, I see commonality. I think, whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice.
We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, one species, has the right to dominate, use and control another with impunity.
I think we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world. Many of us are guilty of an egocentric world view, and we believe that we’re the centre of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakeable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.
We fear the idea of personal change, because we think we need to sacrifice something; to give something up. But human beings at our best are so creative and inventive, and we can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and the environment.
I have been a scoundrel all my life, I’ve been selfish. I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. I think that’s when we’re at our best: when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for our past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow. When we educate each other; when we guide each other to redemption.
When he was 17, my brother [River] wrote this lyric. He said: “run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”