Staying Cruelty-Free: The global problem of animal testing and vegan cosmetics

Some people who identify as vegan are unaware that the cosmetics they use, quite often, are first tested on animals before they are brought to the gleaming store or featured on colorful Instagram shopping pages.

What does cosmetic animal testing mean?

In order to assure the “safety” of the goods and their ingredients, animal testing is frequently conducted in the cosmetics sector. In the majority of nations, it is up to the manufacturer to decide whether products are tested on animals.

A few examples of products that might undergo animal testing are shampoos, makeup, hair dye, and deodorant.

Millions of animals succumb to human vanity every year. These test subjects endure pain as chemicals are injected into their bodies, applied to their skin, and placed on their eyes so that we can have our preferred deodorant smell or lipstick color.

Thankfully, things are starting to change.

Many nations have already begun the process of outlawing both animal testing and the selling of goods that have undergone animal testing in response to the issue’s growing public awareness.

How do vegan cosmetics work?

A vegan product doesn’t have any components obtained from animals. This includes, but is not limited to: gelatin, lanolin, albumen, carmine, collagen, honey, beeswax, and many other substances.

The term “vegan” is often unregulated and can mean different things to different manufacturers. Does a product merely contain no animal products or has it been certified as cruelty-free? Not all vegan labeled products are cruelty-free.

There are many cruelty-free beauty brands that provide a primarily vegan product line. These businesses are frequently more than glad to specify precisely which products and colors are vegan.

If you have to ask, it’s likely the company’s supply-chain is not entirely vegan-friendly. And if you do contact a manufacturer, it’s better to stay away from anything made by any company if they can’t provide you with a clear response.

What are some well-known vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic brands?

Some premium vegan-friendly and cruetly-free cosmetic brands you should consider investigating are:

Jillian Dempsey – A brand popular with celebrities and certified as an official PETA Busines Friend, the company has made fighting animal abuse a core part of their mission.

Milk Makeup – This company makes wonderful products that are all cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan. I use their eyebrow gel and am a big fan!

Tower 28 – Great option for those of us with sensitive skin!

Does animal testing really still take place for cosmetics?

Sadly, animal testing continues to be practiced.

In the US, a manufacturer is generally in charge of deciding whether or not to test cosmetics on animals.

Up until 2019, China required animal testing for all cosmetics sold within its borders. Since then, advancements have been achieved, and the majority of cosmetic goods, whether made locally or abroad, no longer need to be tested.

If awareness about this would be raised and people would switch to natural cosmetics, this world would be a much nicer place to live and animal suffering greatly reduced.

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