Estée Lauder, Mary Kay, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Aveeno, Kiehl’s and Covergirl are just a few of the popular, mainstream brands that still test their products on animals.
Household products & cosmetics are regularly tested for their efficacy and safety. Unfortunately, bunnies, guinea pigs, and rats are commonly abused in order to complete these tests. These defenseless animals are restrained and forced to eat or inhale substances, and have substances rubbed into their skin or injected into their bodies. Any adverse effects produced by these chemicals can cause serious harm and pain to the animals. The constant anxiety produced by testing causes many animals to develop neurotic behavior patterns. After these cruel tests are performed, often the animals are killed so researchers can examine their organs.
Testing on animals is not only cruel, but it is also ineffective and unnecessary. Alternative methods of testing, such as testing on cell cultures or digital models, are often cheaper, quicker, and more accurate.
The needless violence of animal testing can be avoided. Hundreds of companies produce safe and effective products without harming animals in the process. As consumers, we can eliminate animal testing by choosing to buy only cruelty-free products.
It is difficult to be 100% sure that your cosmetics were not, in some way, tested on animals.
Some companies claim to be cruelty-free, but they may source ingredients or materials that involved animal cruelty. In fact, some companies claim that they do not test on animals, while they contract other companies to complete the tests for them.
With misleading and confusing claims made by manufacturers, how can we avoid buying products tested on animals?
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) is made up of eight animal protection groups who developed a comprehensive standard to recognize and certify cruelty-free products. This standard is recognized by the Leaping Bunny Logo.
Leaping Bunny Certification is the gold standard of assurance that your favorite companies are not harming animals. Leaping Bunny requires both manufacturers and their suppliers to agree to a pledge of compassion for animals, which guarantees no new animal testing. Leaping Bunny is a trustworthy source that helps consumers make educated, animal-friendly decisions.