Would you force your dog to drink dishwashing liquid? Rub shampoo in your cat’s eyes? Feed your pet rabbit fabric softener? No, you say? Oh, am I being cruel and heartless? You seem outraged. Then we’re off to a good start!
Sadly, this is a harsh reality that we have all unknowingly condoned in our lifetime. But after reading this, you will have no excuse to keep allowing it. You will be aware, and you can use that knowledge to make a difference and educate those around you.
Bear in mind, this is not only an issue that vegans should take up. Anyone who cares about animal rights, or loves animals can’t, in all good consciousness, allow these practices to go on.
Animal testing is conducted in labs, where animals are kept in cages and are the subjects of cruel tests and experiments. These rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, dogs and cats are often force fed chemicals, have them rubbed into their eyes, injected directly into them or placed in their food, all in the name of beauty.
I know the saying goes “beauty is pain” but should it be their pain for our gain? NO.
The question on everyone’s lips is WHY?
Usually these tests are conducted to satisfy legal requirements to sell in countries such as China and Russia, where animal rights is at the bottom of their list of priorities and it is a legal requirement that your product be tested on animals. Many companies have been labeled as sell outs for this, such as MAC, who were cruelty free from the start, but have now kicked animal rights to the curb.
The reasons for speaking out against animal testing are not just ethical and moral (as if that isn’t enough) but can also be seen from a scientific standpoint.
The genetic make-up of animals and humans are very different, and these chemicals will often have a different reaction on humans and animals. Often, the very same chemical that has a fatal effect on an animal will still be marketed to the cosmetic companies. There are more accurate tests that can be conducted in this era of new technology that do not require us to poison and mutilate animals.
That being said, not all companies are evil propagators of animal abuse. There are many cruelty free companies who produce amazing products, without harming innocent creatures who deserve to see more than just the inside of a laboratory while writhing and screeching in pain from poisonous chemicals.
We need to show our support for these humane companies, such as Lush, The Body Shop*, Kiss My Face, Earth Friendly and many others. All you have to do is read the back of the bottle, and if there is no disclaimer about animal testing, then it is quite likely that a sentient being was forced to test it out for you.
Can you live with yourself knowing that your favorite shampoo that allegedly gives you hair that bounces was forced down a fluffy rabbit’s throat, or rubbed into the unknowing eyes of a puppy?
Still think “you’re worth it?”
How to get involved:
Write letters to your favorite make up companies, urging them to stop animal testing. Inform your friends and family of this heartless practice and get them to do the same.
Stop purchasing these products that have been tested. Switch to a range like Earth Friendly for your home and personal use.
For a list of products that are not animal tested, visit http://www.bwcsa.co.za (South Africa) or http://www.peta.org.
*L’oreal is the parent company of the body shop, so some do not support them, however, I believe if the subsidiary is doing a good thing for animals and the environment, we should support them in the hopes that it will encourage more companies to join the cruelty free way.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”