Product testing on animals is still, unfortunately, occurring, and according to Cruelty Free International, the United States is in the top 10 countries for animal testing. Until there is a change in federal legislation, it will continue happening. Helpless animals who do not have a voice are stolen, held captive, and tortured by companies to test products on them for us to eventually buy, from lotion and shampoo to cleaning products and makeup.
What I want to ask all of you, is to make a simple change in the way you shop: all you have to do is look on the back of the label for ONE of three logos:
Not all companies who are cruelty-free have these logos on their products; a company has to first be certified that they make their products cruelty-free, and then they have to pay to display the logo on their products. There are also companies out there that display fake cruelty-free claims on their products.
Visit crueltyfreekitty.com for lists on cruelty-free companies, as well as companies that are displaying fake logos.
Please also visit https://couponfollow.com/research/cruelty-free-shopping for a more in-depth explanation of animal testing, statistics, and information on companies that do not test on animals, companies that do test on animals, and companies that are more ambiguous in their policies.
No matter where you shop, i.e. Amazon, local grocery store, Target, you can find high-quality makeup, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, cleaning, and hair products that are not tested on animals. These products cost just the same as others, sometimes less. You can make a conscious choice to not support animal cruelty simply by the way you shop— all you have to do is look at the label. Be aware today or tomorrow or whenever you’re about to go out on your next shopping trip.
Choose cruelty-free. Spread the word.
This isn’t a page where I want to come off as preachy . . . I just love advocating for animals and am starting my life’s goal and passion to help them in every way I can.
If you are considering getting a new pet– whether a rabbit, guinea pig, cat, dog, really any pet– please keep rescues in mind. There are hundreds of thousands of pets today who need homes and reside in shelters. There are even places that are kill-shelters, which means exactly what the name indicates, where many animals are surrendered.
I am not judging people who buy from breeders, but please, do not buy an animal from a pet store. 99% of the time, an animal in a pet store comes from a backyard breeder/pet mill (often called a puppy mill), where the person who breeds animals does so in a very unethical and harmful way. They breed animals over and over for pure profit, not for the love of the breed. Even if you ask an employee if the animal is from a pet mill, they are going to deny it (I’ve had personal experience with this very thing).
The solution? Adopt! Check out the pets section on your local Craigslist (please be wary of backyard breeders on this site, often they post google images of puppies (usually Yorkies) and will make it sound like there is a limited number of puppies, they will meet you in a parking lot or somewhere random in public, and they will never allow you to see the parents of the puppy).
Or you can check out Petfinder, which is a great website in helping you find a pet to adopt from various shelters in your area and surrounding areas.
If you want a puppy or kitty, please resist going to a breeder, and definitely don’t go to a pet store. There are plenty of puppies and kitties at shelters. Also, don’t fall for the cute guinea pigs at places like PetSmart or Petco. They are adorable and will tug at your heartstrings as you walk by the glass cages, but again, these animals are bred in pet mills.
Please know that large companies like PetSmart aren’t the only pet stores that sell pet mill bred animals– your local pet store does the same thing, so don’t be fooled by the small “mom and pop” feel (unless you live in California, which has a new law recently enacted where pet stores must sell pets that are from rescues).