I think the whole concept of testing cosmetics on animals is part of a much broader umbrella factor. It’s the mentality that just because we can that we should, that animals are here for us and not simply with us. Don’t get me wrong, no-one is born perfect; so many of the most passionate vegan advocates were some of the most prolific consumers of meat before they did some research! It’s just a subtle shift in perception that can completely re-centre your beliefs and eventually your actions.
I think a good example is Lobsters. Synonymous with class, quality and taste, these sentient beings can live to be a hundred years old, feel pain (they don’t even go into shock) and are often found wandering around holding claws [see Phoebe from friends re: lobster love]! Yet they are boiled alive.
This is all for taste. Not to save lives, to help the planet or for some wider exceptional good. It’s because its ‘tasty’. 30 seconds of gratification is worth Larry the Lobster being boiled alive so we can eat his cooked, white flesh, while his life partner cries amongst the seaweed.
With this is mind, it’s crazy to consider what else we truly do to animals. It’s legal of course, so it must be fine? So much has been legal until movements stood up to the people profiting off abuse. I for one am grateful for my right to vote as a woman, but that came with sacrifice. Legal doesn’t always equate right.
So, back to animal testing for cosmetics… It’s hidden in the shadows, a murky secret masked behind gloss, glitter and glamour. Mice, Rabbits, Cats and Dogs are all used to test cosmetics. Most people love pets. Cat or Dog person, most people would help a poorly pup at the side of the road or a kitten in need, so why buy a mascara that imprisons beagles and subjects them to chemical experiments until they’re killed as ‘waste’? The problem is, the companies who are purely profit driven hide this as much as possible. But it does exist. Ask questions. Search the truth yourself. There is a dirty, abusive underbelly of this beast we call beauty and it needs to change.
Luckily there are so many amazing options out there for cruelty free and vegan beauty and I am going to honestly review all of my favourites to hopefully give you options, making the switch to a guilt-free as easy as possible. I’m truly here to help. (You and the animals!)
What are your favourite animal friendly brands, and what would you love to see me review?
Peace and Love,