Animals are just as important as humans to the world. They were here before we were, and this is their home as much as it is ours. Over the last ten years or so, more and more companies have been fighting back against the treatment of animals in labs, and through this fight we have given rise to many new brands which don’t harm animals in their testing process. If you want to join the movement and by better from your brands, here are some things you can look out for.
You may have heard of PETA already, and it is a top resource to use if you want to know whether a brand is vegetarian, vegan or cruelty free. This is a useful resource to ensure that products you buy are as minimally processed as possible and are natural such as farm to feet shoes and makeup products made from plant materials. You can look up a brand on the site and you will be told whether or not it is cruelty free right away.
The leaping bunny
If you have ever looked at the back of a product bottle, you may have seen a small bunny symbol which is leaping in the air. The leaping bunny symbol tells you that the product you are buying wasn’t tested on animals. Always look out for this symbol on things like, skincare, haircare and makeup because it will quite frequently come up.
When deciding to make a change and choose no to use products which are test in animals anymore, you will need to do some research. Basically, think of any brand or product you currently use and look it up to check if it is cruelty free. You might have to dig deep because not all brands explicitly state this fact, and this might lead to you having to email the company to ask them. You have a right to know if the products you buy are tested on animals so don’t be afraid to email the company and ask them directly. This might even encourage them to put the fact on their website so that people know in the future whether or not they are cruelty free.
The issue with cosmetic and skincare companies in particular is the fact that they will often play around with their formula and this can cause you to use something which has been tested on animals by accident. If you ever see a label on a product which states it has a new and improved formula, check online and make sure that this hasn’t been tested on animals in the lab. If it has, you know that the company isn’t one which you want to continue supporting and you can find alternatives.
Cruelty free products
For every regular product on the market these days, there are cruelty free options. You can search online for vegan or cruelty free brands and you will start to be introduced to a whole new host of people. It is a wonderful thing to discover new brands and to be able to support ethical companies who don’t torture innocent creatures to make their products.