10 Reasons to Go Cruelty-Free
It is said that an estimated 192 million animals are used as experiments yearly. But that doesn’t have to be the case. To take a stand against animal cruelty, here are 10 reasons why you should go cruelty-free.
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Animal testing is cruel
A lot of people believe animal testing is just applying makeup and other products to animals. This is definitely not the case.
Animals are subjected to painful testing; from chemicals being rubbed into their skin or eyes to test for irritation, being forced to consume lethal amounts of chemicals to determine what dose caused their death, and much more. After testing, animals are normally killed by asphyxiation, neck-breaking, or decapitation. All for a tube of lipstick.
There are better testing methods
Did you know that several countries like, India, Norway, Israel, and the entire European Union have already banned animal testing? Because luckily, there are great alternatives that are more humane and effective. These include:
- Human volunteers
- Donated human tissue
- Lab grown cell cultures
- Computer models
Personally, I’ve been cruelty-free for 8 years, and have had no problems with finding safe, good quality cruelty-free products.
Also, the products are for us, not animals. So we should bear the responsibility of creating safe products for our use.
Animals feel pain too
I’ve shared my thoughts on this, like my post on books to combat speciesism. And a theory that I hold is that the reason why so many people don’t care about animal cruelty, is because of the misunderstanding of non-human animals.
For too long, people assumed that humans were the only living beings that could experience pain and emotion. But recent scientific research begs to differ.
So, I think we have a long way to go in regards to understanding animal cognition. But the more someone understands that animals do in-fact feel pain, the more people are going to start seeing animal testing in a negative light.
Dogs, cats, and other beloved pets are tested on
You may think pets are off limits regarding animal testing. But unfortunately, pets like dogs, specifically beagles, are subjected to cruel animal testing practices. The same goes for cats and rabbits too.
Other animals shouldn’t be tested on either
Although, rats, mice, monkeys, and other common animals used in animal testing may not be your next furry friend, they are still able to feel pain just like your pup sitting next to you is.
There are so many cruelty-free resources
Living in the digital age, we are lucky to have infinite knowledge at the palm of our hands. You can connect with like-minded people online, browse through cruelty-free shopping guides, or do a quick Google search to find out if a brand or product is cruelty-free. Making going cruelty-free easier than ever.
There are tons of cruelty-free brands
Cruelty-free living has really skyrocketed over the past few years. Now it’s super easy to spot certified cruelty-free brands in everyday stores. Coupled with the resources mentioned above, it’s now easier than ever to shop cruelty-free.
Including affordable options
Some of my favorite affordable cruelty-free brands include:
Challenge the status quo
Progress and change doesn’t happen without people taking action. Imagine a world if people just left things the way that they are because “it’s always been done that way.” That would be a very bleak world. Which leads me to the next point..
Help build an ethical future
Do your part in building a better future by going cruelty-free. I truly believe the future is cruelty-free (and vegan), so why not hop on board and help push the movement forward.
Related: 6 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Dairy
Why go cruelty-free?
Animal testing is a harmful and outdated practice. But luckily, it’s easier than ever to go cruelty-free. Now’s the time to leave animal testing behind and adopt a more ethical lifestyle. Will you make the switch?
Recommended Reading: The Do’s and Don’ts of Going Cruelty-Free