Animal Torture for Human Vanity!?

There are a lot of make up brands in our everyday drugstores at affordable prices, but how can we tell which brands test their products on innocent animals and those that don’t? Well, that’s where I come in  – so if you’re interested keep reading.

If you’re unaware of what animal testing is, then let me explain, but it isn’t nice so be warned. There are many animals, such as Rabbits, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Mice etc that are used to test cosmetic product ingredients. Those animals are taken to a laboratory and continously used for testing until they die from the excruciating pain that they repeatedly go through. It is honestly disgusting!

The people who do this job for a living, put products such as mascara, eyeshadows, foundations, nail varnish etc, from a certain brand on an animal in the lab, to see if it causes a reaction so the brand can develop it and change it further to then have even more tests done on these animals.

PETA UK are a charitable company that are continously working hard to stop people using brands that test on animals – for the simple reason that it is cruel and torturous to animals that do not have a say in these tests being done. It shouldn’t be a process that is used anywhere in the world just for the sake of humans to look pretty.

I wanted to find out what exactly brands do when they test on animals, so I spoke to PETA’s Science Advisor, Sam Matthews who told me everything, he said: “There is no reason for companies to inject Guinea Pigs with lipstick ingredients to check for painful skin reactions; force-feed rats shampoo ingredients for weeks or months, causing sickness, convulsions, weight loss and death; or dose pregnant rabbits with face cream ingredients to see whether their new-borns will be deformed.”

A bunny rabbit, used to test make up products around it’s eyes – which has caused a painful reaction. Photograph curtesy of PETA UK’s website.

Fortunately, it is actually illegal to test on animals in Europe – which is a plus to all of this, but there are still brands which are sold in Europe that have had their products tested on animals. How does that work, right? Well, even though brands aren’t able to test products in Europe, it doesn’t mean other countries cannot. If a company sells their products in China, it is law to test on animals, so they have to have their products tested – and then they are still sold here within Europe.

Unfortunately for us animal lovers though, it is the only country that has the outrageous law. So remember, just because there are brands sold within Europe it doesn’t mean the products which are sold here are therefore not tested on animals, because they are – so be careful about what you are picking up in store.

PETA UK’s website states: “The testing of cosmetics and toiletry products on animals has long been banned in the UK, and as of March 2013, the sale of cosmetics whose ingredients have been tested on animals has also been banned across the European Union – a huge step forward. But unfortunately, that’s not the whole picture.

In some countries – China, for example – it is compulsory for any company that sells cosmetics to pay for the products to be tested on animals. This means that some companies that have been cruelty-free for years have turned their backs on their ethical policies and have started testing on animals in order to reach these lucrative developing markets.

This is why, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, we still have an important ethical choice to make when buying cosmetics. Companies may be complying with the cosmetics testing ban in Europe, but at the same time, they are selling products in another market that have been tested on animals. ”

So, if you ever see a brand use the statement: “We do not test on animals unless required by law” and you know they sell their products in China, then that brand has used innocent animals to test their products. It is as simple as that.

It is really important for people to stop using make up brands that are tested on animals for a number of reasons:

1. The less money a brand gets from potential customers, the more they will understand that the fact they are using animals to test ingredients from their products, isn’t what their customers want.

2. The innocent animals that are suffering for the sake of your vanity, will be able to live as actual animals and not lab experiments.

3. The more brands that stop selling products in China, the more likely it will be that China will revise their law – with the help from the likes of PETA/PETA US and stop animal testing altogether so that more brands start selling their products in their country again.

You don’t need to use make up that is full of animal torture just for your vanity! It’s selfish and mean. Those innocent animals have no way of consenting to whether they are going to be used as puppets just so your make up doesn’t cause a reaction to your skin. Animal testing isn’t needed, because there are brands out there who aren’t using that method and the skin of millions – if not trillions of people, is absolutely fine.

Be more aware of the products you’re using. It is important!

So how do we know the brands that do and the brands that don’t test? It’s actually easier than you think.

Superdrug have now done a list of the brands they sell, that do and do not test on animals, which I have kindly put below so you can see and avoid those brands!

Superdrug’s list of brands that do/do not test on animals. This photo is not mine. Owned by Superdrug.

As you can see from the picture, there are both cheaper brands and more pricer drugstore brands that do not test on animals so if you look around enough, there is always a perfect shade of foundation or concealer for any skin type.

As I am really pale myself, I know how incredibly difficult it is to get foundation that suits my skin tone, but I have found one in Superdrug, that isn’t tested on animals (which is confirmed by their list above) and the skin match is near enough perfect – and it applies really well too!

GOSH Cosmetics is the brand I have started to use and so far, so good. They’re foundation matches my incredibly pale skin perfectly and the concealer blends well and hides my dark circles as I want it too.

If you are someone who doesn’t want to use drugstore products because you prefer the more expensive side to life when it comes to your make up, that’s absolutely fine but there is still no excuse for using brands tested on animals because there are amazing brands, such as,  Too Faced, Illamasque, Charlotte Tilbury and Anastasia Beverly Hills that don’t.

These are just a few of the many brands, both drugstore and high end that do not test on animals. There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to be using brands that allow such torture and pain to an innocent being – it’s disgusting. Your vanity shouldn’t be more important than an animals life.

Another rabbit, tested on for human vanity. It’s heartbreaking. Photograph courtesy of PETA.

Just imagine that it was your pet dog, cat or even gold fish that was being used as a lab experiment – the thought it almost vomit worthy, right? Exactly! So do the right thing and start testing different make up brands that will suit your skin tone and you like that don’t use innocent animals in the process.

There are other methods that are used to test make up that is both safe for customers and animal friendly, so why would you use brands that want to sell in China and test their products? It doesn’t make any sense.

Stop giving them money to put into this cruelty.Stop using make up that is tested on innocent little animals just for your vanity. Send a message to these brands so they change their testing methods!

For more information on cruelty free brands, go to Cruelty Free Kitty’s website here, where there is everything you will possibily need to know about changing the make up brands you use.

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