following article was written by Megan Bedard.
for a minute and think about your morning routine. Did you suds up in the
shower? Swipe mascara across your lashes? Rub on a bit of deodorant as you
practiced your Old Spice guy imitation? All these day-to-day duties are so
routine that we hardly give them any thought. But we should, because the
products we buy directly impact the lives of animals around the world. In the
cosmetics industry, abuse runs rampant.
year, thousands of cosmetics companies want to know if their new products will
irritate skin, cause eye-tissue damage, or prove to be toxic before releasing
them to the public. There are plenty of ways to find out without using animals,
including testing products on cell and skin tissue cultures and corneas from
eye banks and using computer and mathematical models. But many companies don't
choose the humane option. As a result, millions of animals are subjected to
torturous procedures every year so that companies can turn a profit.
beauty products also contain animal ingredients, sometimes with super-complicated,
technical names that you might not realize translate into animal ingredients.
best way to stop animal-testing companies in their tracks is to shop smart.
Pull out your products and answer the following questions. Then read on to find
out how kind your beauty routine is.
Is your product made by any of these companies?
you answered "Yes" to number one …
Your product contains at least one
animal ingredient. Some animal ingredients are obvious—sea turtle oil, for
example, comes from sea turtles. Other ones are a little more elusive: "Albumen"
comes from egg whites. "Ambergris" comes from whale intestines. "Rennet"
is an enzyme from calves' stomachs. To learn more, visit PETA's list of animal-derived
you answered "Yes" to number two …
Good work! The bunny is a happy symbol that
indicates that the product was not tested on animals. Do remember, however,
that "not tested on animals" doesn't mean that the product is free of
animal ingredients. You still need to double check the ingredient list.
you answered "Yes" to number three …
You're supporting a company that tests
on animals. Unfortunately, although animal testing is barbaric and archaic,
many major companies still do it. To find out which companies do and don't
test, visit PETA's
database of cruelty-free companies and products.
Feeling overwhelmed? You don't have to
clear out your medicine cabinet if you've made a few unwitting mistakes. What's
important is making a kind decision next time around. Print up PETA's resources
mentioned above and keep them handy when you shop.
other handy resources for living cruelty-free? Let us know in the comments!
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