This is a topic that is very close to my heart. As an avid animal-lover, the thought of animals being subjected to all sorts of tests and experiments (i.e. torture), just so us humans can conform to our society's ideals of what is beautiful, is abhorrent. The issue of consumer products, and in particular makeup and skincare, being tested on animals first came to my attention a few of years ago after watching the documentary 'Earthlings' (Monson, 2005)*. It is a truly eye-opening and harrowing documentary which I found very upsetting. Sometimes, though, it takes something that shocking to provide us with the impetus to change.
*A word of warning for anyone intending to watch it - whilst it is an interesting and informative documentary, it is VERY graphic and confronting (there is footage of animals being mistreated, slaughtered and tortured) and it is absolutley NOT appropriate for kids.
Upon becomming aware of the prolifiration of animal testing in the beauty and cosmetics industry and being horrified by these practices, I decided to overhaul my skincare and makeup products so that they were all cruelty-free. It was actually very easy, surprsingly inexpensive and my skin hasn't suffered for it (and neither have any animals - win!)
These days there are a large number of skincare and makeup companies that are certified cruelty-free and whose products are high-quality, effective and affordable. If you think you too would like to go cruelty-free, here are some tips to help you make the switch:
The testing of skincare and makeup products on animals is a despicable practice. Luckily, these days there is a large variety of affordable, high-quality, cruelty-free brands to choose from. In addition, many countries are recognising that animal testing is not ok and are actively passing laws banning the testing of products on animals in their country (happily New Zealand passed this ban into law in 2015). As a consumer, you can vote with your wallet by actively choosing to purchase products that are cruelty-free - there is no greater driver of change for a company than a loss of profit.
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Hi! I'm PrayerBaby. I love food, fitness and travel. I'm excited for you to join me on my creative journey.