Not Tested on Animals: How You Help by Switching to Cruelty-Free Products
There is good news for animal lovers everywhere: it is now easier than ever to find household and personal care products that are not tested on animals. We are witnessing the alignment of animal rights organizations, governmental bodies, and multi-national corporations to develop and promote non-animal testing methods. Where animal testing is required by law, we are now seeing corporations actively taking part in changing the regulatory landscape to protect more animals. Individual consumers are the driving force behind this positive change. You can read more below on how to be a part of this global movement.
The belief that animal testing is a necessity in the name of science is as outdated as the notion that the earth is flat. There is no shortage of quality, sustainable, and cruelty-free brands in the cosmetics market, and it is easier than ever to find them.
- There’s an app for that. Technology can help make an ethical purchasing decision easy. Free apps for iPhones and Androids even include feel-good features such as giveaways and special photo filters for sharing your cruelty-free finds.
- There are international standards for labeling cruelty-free products. We all know that ingredients matter and they are likely to come from halfway around the world. Fortunately, international corporations like Unilever are well positioned to support global initiatives such as the Humane Society’s International #BeCrueltyFree campaign, helping to add transparency to the search for cruelty-free products.
- Watchdog consumer groups helps keep corporations honest. Numerous watchdog groups, such as the Humane Society, Cruelty-Free International, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, employ their best and brightest in holding corporations accountable for their animal-testing practices. These organizations publish easily accessible information for consumers to understand the severity of animal testing and as well as the existence of alternatives.
Everyday consumers have more power than they might realize when it comes to protecting animals from inhumane treatment. As we make conscious decisions in where we shop, we can make animal-testing unprofitable because we do not buy products that are tested on animals. It can really be that simple to empower alternatives that don’t involve cruelty to animals. When consumers shop for cruelty-free products, corporations respond by investing in existing cruelty-free technology and in research and development for even more alternatives..
One of the best features of cruelty-free products is that ethical shopping is often a package deal. In other words, when a company like Unilever has committed to banning the use of animal testing worldwide, their products are likely also better for the environment with ingredients that are actually found in nature. So, you get more ethical bang for your buck when you purchase cruelty-free, eco-friendly products.
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