I like animals. I like them more than most people.
It makes me angry when people hurt animals, which is why I decided to completely change my lifestyle.
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I made the decision to go vegetarian, for ethical reasons. This decision made me research the darker side of animal cruelty, Animal Testing.
I won’t go into the depths of it all, you can research it yourself if you’re interested. But I will tell you, it has made me rethink my cosmetic choices.
How can I call myself an animal lover, or a good bunny owner and then give money to people who abuse the things I love. And for what? My own vanity!
So from now on, every single product I use will be cruelty free. Which means everything featured on this blog will be cruelty free.
Now I’m not going to show you pictures of abused animals, or tell you throw away all your make up. No one likes being told what to do. But if even one person reads this, and decides to stop using products that are tested on animals, then I’ll be a very happy bunny.
So.. You won’t even be using MAC or Benefit?!
Nope! They might be favourites, but I really can’t justify it. I’m am saying goodbye to every brand that condones animal testing, even MAC!
But they’ve banned animal testing in the EU, doesn’t that mean all products are cruelty free?
Not exactly. Although cosmetic animal testing has been banned in the EU, companies can still test their products and ingredients on animals outside the EU and sell these products outside the EU. For example many companies sell their products in China, where it’s the law to test on animals. SO in a nutshell, whilst testing has been banned in the EU, not all companies are cruelty free.
Isn’t animal testing just putting make up on mice and bunnies?
Sadly not. It’s a lot darker than that. The tests that are conducted involve burning, poisoning, blinding animals such as dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, fish, birds, guinea pigs. It’s far from a makeover.
But there aren’t many cruelty free brands out there.
No that’s not true! There are lots of brands that are cruelty free, from high street to high end. These range from ELF, to M&S to Illamasqua.
I will be reviewing all my cruelty free purchases here on my blog, as well as emailing companies and eventually writing up a list of cruelty free brands so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled!
How is stopping using these products going to change anything?
I think If a large enough amount of people stopped buying from companies that tested on animals, then the companies would be losing money and would therefore have to rethink their policies.
I’m sorry if I got a little preachy, It’s just a topic I feel passionate about!
My blog isn’t going to change, It’s not going to turn into an animal welfare blog or anything. I might share a vegetarian recipe I’ve found, I’ll definitely be reviewing new cosmetics I’ve tried. But don’t worry, I’m certainly not going to ram my opinion down your throat!
I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic! I know talking about personal choices can sometimes open up a can of worms.. but I’d be really interested to hear what other people think. Let me know in the comments