I have never really thought much about animal testing because to be honest, I am not a huge animal lover. I don’t have pictures of puppies and kittens on my walls, and I think dogs kind of smell. I like Thanksgiving turkey as much as the next carnivore. So, I guess I always considered animal testing as one of those “animal lover causes”, and therefore, not my concern.
However, If you follow me on Twitter, then you will know that earlier this week I watched a video that brought to my attention the seriousness of animal testing.
This video does not depict animals being tested on. Instead, it is an actresses rendition of the testing procedures that are done on animals in the labs as if the procedures were being done on a human. It was part of a widespread protest against animal testing that took place in Lush stores across the world last year.
The video is here to watch, but I warn you that it’s not a happy video and even though it’s all an act, it’s still sad.
This video has definitely made me reevaluate the importance of cruelty free products. It concerns me that big brands such as L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Maybelline, and Sally Hansen haven’t moved on from animal testing, as unreliable as it has proven to be, even though there are new and more effective alternatives.
After watching this video, I was left feeling very conflicted. I was horrified by what I saw, but I know deep down that I can’t promise all of you that I will only buy cruelty free products in the future. Unfortunately, most of the biggest companies in the world today rely on animal testing (for example P&G). It has become integrated into our commercial products, and some of the most affordable brands are the biggest offenders.
I really could not, not have a bunny picture on Easter weekend. [Credit: http://www.rabbit.org]
However, what I can promise is that when choosing products in the future, I will be more conscious of and try my best to support those brands who are cruelty free. This includes brands such as bareMinerals, Urban Decay, Revlon, Liz Earle, Almay, Burts Bees, e.l.f, among many more.
I hope that one day, the United States will take the same approach to animal testing as the European Union. The EU banned animal testing back in 2004 and just recently passed a law banning the import and sale of any cosmetics that have been tested on animals in the EU.
What are your opinions about animal testing? What are your favorite cruelty free brands/products?