Did you all know that many of the beauty products (shampoos, make up products, perfume etc) that we use in our day-to- day life are tested on animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs? I got a little emotional/disturbed when I had to watch a bunch of cute bunnies go through some painful tests and are later killed, in order to test for the overall toxicity in the cosmetics. Honestly, I am against killing animals for the sake of satisfying human needs. Just because they don’t speak like us, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings. Lets pause here for a moment and take a look at this video
http://www.peta.org/videos/. (Sources- PETA website) and let me know what you think?
This horrifying reality video can definitely change our views on buying those animal tested cosmetic brands and will want you to convert yourself to a cruelty free life.
These practices bring up the question of morality. Should we human beings do this in order to make ourselves look beautiful? I often wonder how inhumane and unethical are those people working in the lab, who torture these defenseless animals in the name of experiments? What makes it unpalatable to me is that these tests are continued to be performed by companies in spite of many supplemental non-animal testing methods that are widely available and adopted by many. All for what? Vanity? I personally feel all these tests should be put to an end.
Cosmetic animal testing is a global issue that requires awareness of the consumers and calls for a change in the beauty industry and to live a cruel free world. Statistics say that United States, compared to other countries (European Union, Israel, India) is lagging behind other countries that have already banned these tests on animals and have approached more humane methods of testing. Moreover it has been proved in many cases that research conducted on animals doesn’t always translate effectively to humans and there are other fine (more ethical) ways to do research and include newer ingredients in their products for future.
Not all is dark and gloomy. Altruism still does exist in this world. Its worthy to note that non-profit organizations such as “Human Free International” plays a significant role in bringing consumer awareness globally, through its “Be Cruelty-free” campaigns (one of the largest global campaigns) that was formed to end the animal testing for cosmetics worldwide. One such company that supported the campaign was “Miss Apricot” beauty brand from Japan. The vegan company (Miss Apricot) along with other retailers used social media and online wisely (taking advantage of their large consumer base) in spreading awareness to their Japanese consumers about the animal testing and put an end to these cruel activities by making their customers go online and sign the “Be Cruelty-Free pledge”. (One example of powerful brands using social media effectively). If Japan could do it then everyone should be able to do it.
How could “we” contribute to this revolution? The least I could do was stop using the products that are exploiting these innocent creatures. Here is the link for the list of cruelty free cosmetic companies if you want to make a change.
Companies listen to customers and if we demand for products that are cruelty free then we would have a world full of cruelty free cosmetics.
“ Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter” –
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.