WHAT IS A CRUELTY FREE LIFESTYLE?
Unfortunately, animal testing is still practiced in many parts of the world.
Many of the products we use on a daily basis have been subjected to animal testing and many of us continue to support this practice completely unaware. But we shouldn’t live in ignorance of the consequences of our actions. All you need is some understanding and a little extra effort in order to live cruelty-free.
Cruelty-free labels are for products that do not kill or harm animals in any way during its production. When we think about fashion and cosmetics, why is our want to look or feel a certain way a good enough reason for animals to be harmed? Every single day animals are harmed in factories, animal testing, and in the clothing industry. Making the decision to shop cruelty-free was one of the best decisions I have made. I get to live my everyday lifestyle using products I love while knowing I am not contributing to an animal being harmed. Going cruelty-free is an amazing thing that everyone should strive to do. It is not hard and can be very rewarding.
Every year in America alone, over 100 million animals are killed and tested on in laboratories. In the clothing industry, 50 million different animals and over 1 billion rabbits are raised on fur farms and taken from the wild for the sole purpose of producing fur clothes. It is not difficult to live cruelty-free. Now more than ever, there are so many options for beauty, household, and clothing products that you can use with a good conscience. These are a few pointers to keep in mind on your way to living a more cruelty-free lifestyle:
Know your products. When living a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle, knowledge is key. Learning which brands are cruelty-free is the first step to being more aware. Brands that are cruelty-free usually advertise that they are against testing, and if they choose to be certified, you may find 1 of 3 logos on their packages. These include the leaping bunny logo, the caring consumer logo, and the CCF rabbit. I personally really like the blog Cruelty-Free Kitty which keeps you up to date on the cruelty-free status of various brands. It’s basically a free guide on how to be a cruelty-free shopper and I highly recommend checking it out.
It’s okay to gradually switch out your products. Becoming aware of animal testing is a huge step in the right direction, there’s no need to rush. You don’t need to throw out everything you already own if anything that’d be a bigger waste. Finish up your products and then find suitable replacements. This transition time is the perfect opportunity to do some research and find what you’re looking for.
It’s often overlooked but household items can also be tested on animals. Everything from toothpaste, soap, to household cleaners may have to be switched out as well. If you have questions about a product, you could look at the brand’s website, or shoot them a message.
When it comes to cosmetic products there is really no shortage of cruelty-free products. You might have to give up your old favorites but you should take this as an opportunity to find new ones! Some tricky things to be aware of though is researching if a company’s product has tested on animals at any point in the production process, checking if ingredients in your products come from suppliers who test on animals, if there are any third party testers, and if the product is sold in China as animal testing is mandatory in mainland China.