Animal testing, according to Cruelty Free International, is “any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.”
Cruelty free shopping can be difficult: companies can be misleading, truth can be hidden.
The aim of this blog is to help make shopping for cruelty free brands a bit easier and help cut out some of the research you’d have to do! I will show some of the fabulous products I love from various brands. You can bookmark or save this blog on your phone so if you’re browsing around Boots and aren’t too sure what you can buy, open this and have a quick look!
First things first, on March 11, 2013, the EU introduced a ban on cosmetics being tested on animals. No beauty products made in the EU (including their ingredients) can be tested on animals now. However, we need to boycott the other major brands who do still test for sale in China. Whether its one product that is sold in China, out of hundreds of their products, we would still be supporting brands that conduct animal testing.
More information from the European Commission is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/cosmetics/animal-testing_en
Until China change their laws, any brand that sells their products in China cannot be labelled as cruelty free. But this is not just down to China. A lot of animal testing still happens in the US too.
A prime example of this is Smashbox, who, until 2017, were not classified as being cruelty free. Their policy was to only test on animals when required by law (i.e. in China). Last year they pulled out of selling their products in China, and since then have been labelled as cruelty free brand, and have now received the PETA Cruelty Free certification.
On March 11, 2013, the EU introduced a ban on cosmetics being tested on animals. No beauty products made in the EU (including their ingredients) can be tested on animals now. However, we need to boycott the other major brands who do still test. Even if their products are not tested in the EU or tested for sale in the EU, they still do conduct testing for sales in China and elsewhere.
In my opinion, this is reason enough to avoid their brand altogether. Whether its one product that is sold in China, out of hundreds of their products, it is still something that is being needlessly tested on animals
I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I respect the views and choices of others! Some brands I will be discussing are vegan and I will mention this where applicable.
*I am not affiliated with any cosmetic or beauty brands. The purpose of this blog is purely informative. Opinions are my own. All research done to the best of my ability, however if you spot mistakes please contact me and I can amend them!*
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