Animal testing

on Jun 15, 2012 @ 12:41 am

With Urban Decay's recent announcement to start selling their products in China, a country that still mandates animal testing, I have been thinking about my love of beauty products, and how they are made.  I had not realized how many companies are still testing their products on animals, and as an animal lover, that saddens me.  I have trouble understanding why some companies are able to produce excellent quality products without animal testing, while others still see it as a necessity.

I wanted to start this thread to ask my fellow Chickadees whether this is one of your concerns.  Do you check to see if a product is cruelty-free before purchasing?  Is this important to you?  Why or why not?

I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this topic.

3 Replies

It Matters! on Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:45 am

I don't have a perfect record, and I am the first to admit this. I buy things I love... and some do have animal testing. I tried to only use non-animal tested things in my love of beauty stuff, but it was exhausting. You can't always believe what you read and companies have ways of getting around it (like buying ingredients from companies who test on animals but THEY don't test so they are muddy water).

A few brands are cruelty free and I can honestly say I feel better using them. I just think we have stewardship over nature right now, and we are doing a horrible job. It doesn't say much for our 'evolution'.

I have been trying to be a better consumer: buying less, buying what I really need, simplifying, and investing in products and items more aligned with my personal commitments. Its not easy (Can I tell you how tempted I was to get a beauty box? But I am trying to reduce 'stuff' and waste)

I wish blending environmentally safe/ cruelty free products were a bit easier and a bit more economical. I find this a real challenge.

on the fence on Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:54 am

I don't have an strong opinion either way regarding animal testing. I think as a society with all the new medical stuff out there today, we wouldn't have a large majority of it without animal testing. I am an animal lover, no doubt about that, but I think sometimes things are just too dangerous to test on humans, if it's in the name of curing diseases like cancer or aids, then I say do what they must. When it comes to cosmetics though, haven't the companies already determined the best products to use in their cosmetics by now? I don't seek out products that don't test on animals, because ultimately even the companies that claim to be cruelty-free have subsidiaries in other countries that do the animal testing for them.

Yes on Jun 15, 2012 @ 01:44 pm

I always check and purchase products that are cruelty free and no animal testing....I always read my labels and when possible research about products.I am very much against animal testing.Great topic :)

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