Hi everyone it’s been a while since I wrote an actual blog post so today I figured I’d talk about how and why I made the conscious decision to buy products that are cruelty-free. I’d like to make a personal note that I am Not Vegan but a newly vegetarian (I may occasionally post recipes that can also be suitable for vegans) while I’m currently challenging being a newbie vegetarian and cruelty-free I believe the small steps I’m taking are still steps in a good direction and I already feel somewhat accomplished.
“For years I’ve been buying non-cruelty cosmetics mainly because I never really looked into the harsh truth about the beauty industry.”-Me
If you are familiar with PETA,BUAV,Leaping Bunny and other animal rights organizations then you might already know about the horrific side of the beauty industry. If you don’t, I strongly advise for you to do research as I can only give you my opinion and personal experience from all the research I have collected thus far. After doing research online and watching documentaries, video clips and finding cruelty-free blogs I finally decided I want to commit to buying cruelty-free items. I want to also tell you that there is a Difference between Vegan & Cruelty Free. (You can find out more information here http://www.logicalharmony.net/cruelty-free-vs-vegan/#axzz3L54rpEZt ) If a product is Cruelty-Free it means it’s not tested on animals, however some cruelty-free items contain other ingredients and chemical that vegans wouldn’t use. Vegan products don’t contain any animal bi-products nor tested on animals, so Vegan products is a win-win situation but cruelty-free is still being aware and great for starters like me.
Big named companies own/buy small companies and test on animals, In some countries it is by law that all cosmetics be tested on animals before being available to the public, while animal activist and Cruelty-free organizations try to abolish this law it is in best interest to not purchase products from countries that “require” such law.
Whether you choose to buy cruelty free or vegan products you are still making a difference, and that’s how I feel. It is better to educate myself now and be aware now than to go on in life completely oblivious about the cruelty these animals endure. Endorsing cosmetic company’s to “feel pretty” isn’t worth knowing numerous animals have been pricked with needles, sprayed in the eyes and inhaling harsh chemicals for “our safety”. As a consumer we aren’t giving a damn about their safety when we buy non-cruelty products and thats just being inhumane.
Around the time I started doing research I’ll admit I’ve cried numerous time watching videos of animals being tested on, sometimes my eyes would tear up so much my vision was cloudy but as much as I couldn’t bare to watch I forced myself to because I needed to see it to believe it, and my gosh I can’t believe I never noticed to care. It’s ignorant to think “it’s bunnys,monkeys,pigs and rats” but come to realize they are companions too. Labs also test on cats and dogs, yes ladies and gentlemen your furry pawed companions. I remember looking over to Milo as I was petting him and couldn’t help but think what if it was him being tested on, and how could I think it’s okay to mistreat these animals while I care so much about my own, that’s being hypocritical of me. So I have decided for personal and ethical reasons to buy cruelty-free cosmetics, I would like to incorporate as much cruelty free items in my life whether it’s beauty or household products but it’s going to take more research so I ask that you be patient and understanding and if you shop cruelty-free I welcome all advice but understand I am a newbie to being cruelty-free. I will try to the best of my abilities/knowledge to provide you with accurate products that I use or hear of however It’s best for you to do additional research.
I hope that you will all continue to join me throughout my new challenging journey but who doesn’t like a good challenge?!
Here are some helpful links if you’re interested: