Saturday, 9 November 2024

7 Commonly held myths exposed in living Cruelty Free

1. Cosmetics must be tested on animals by law.
This is not the case, but is something cosmetics companies may say to explain away their animal testing. Only in China is it legally necessary to test cosmetics on animals. However this only applies to cosmetics intended for the Chinese market and not made in China for sale in other countries.

2. There’s nothing we can do to prevent child labour.
Yes, there is. If we buy Fairtrade (Fair Trade certified in the USA) the producers or workers are paid a fair wage/sum for their work or goods. This will mean that adult workers are used and not children.

The barbaric practice of mulesing for merino wool

3. Wool is cruelty free.
This is not the case. Wool may come from animals that end up in the slaughterhouse. Most of the world’s merino wool comes from Australia where lambs and sheep and chunks of flesh cut away to prevent them from getting fly strike. As you can imagine, this is agonising for the sheep. Farmers could breed fly strike resistant sheep instead, but refuse to do this.

4. There’s nothing we can do to stop domestic slavery.  
If you suspect someone is being treated as a domestic slave and ill-treated then you should contact the police. Everyone has a right to work and be paid a decent wage and to not face physical or mental abuse. Employers also have NO right to hold onto their employee’s passports.

5. All free-range eggs are the same.
This is not the case. It depends on what country you live in what degree free-range eggs are well, free range. For instance, in the USA hens can spend as little as five minutes outside and still have their eggs labelled as free-range. In the UK, eggs from these hens would not be called free-range.

6. Its difficult to be vegetarian or vegan.
Not true. It has never been easier to stop eating meat and animal products like milk and eggs. Soy (soya) milk is readily available and so are egg replacers.

7. There’s nothing we can do to change the world we live in, we are just one person.
We can all make a difference with the choices we make. For instance, only buying Fairtrade or ethical goods, telling companies we refuse to shop in them if their products are tested on animals or they sell fur and looking out for our neighbours.  

For more truths, check out Living Cruelty Free

Friday, 21 November 2014

Can’t tell the B***hit from the lies - Lies that animal testing companies tell

I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently of the sites of companies who claim not to test on animals.

Here are the moist common lies that animal testing companies spout -

"No retailer or manufacturer can categorically state that ‘none’ of their raw materials or ingredients has – at some time in the past - been tested on animals. The majority of individual raw materials used in cosmetics today have been through some kind of animal testing process."

Saying this is rubbish. Companies who qualify for the leaping bunny accreditation, which in my opinion is the ONLY cruelty free standard you can trust, have got to say that after a certain date neither their products or the ingredients were not tested on animals. Of course there is absolutely no way of knowing absolutely whether an ingredient was tested on animals in the past, but to me companies saying this is an excuse for testing on animals recently.

‘We support FRAME (FUND for the REPLACEMENT of ANIMALS in MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS) in an effort to eliminate reliance in the industry on animal testing.’

Very laudable indeed, but sit still doesn’t mean they are cruelty free. Just because a company backs the bid to replace animal experiments doesn’t mean they don’t conduct them themselves or use companies that do. In fact, L’Oreal who are fighting the EU animal cosmetics testing ban are spending loads of cash on finding experiments that don’t use animals. They are doing this in case they are banned from animal testing by law and not because of any good intentions on their part.

"We are against animal testing."

Not so much a lie as an attempt to mislead. Just because they are against it doesn’t mean they don’t do it. I’m against a lot of things, like eating animals and people buying pets instead of adopting them, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

"We only test on animals where required by law."

In only one country do cosmetics have to be tested on animals by law. That's in China. Don't sell products in China then as Urban Decay decided to do following an outrcty on Facebook and Twitter.

The real deal
Unless a company can say that neither their finished products, or the ingredients, are tested by them or their suppliers or on the behalf of them and their suppliers, then they are NOT cruelty free.

Note – to cosmetic companies – leave the bunnies, mice and Beagles alone. Testing cosmetics and toiletries on animals is unnecessary and cruel and very, very unscientific.

For more information on spotting animal testing companies, check out Living Cruelty Free.