I originally started to write this post in June 2017 whilst I was on holiday in Greece. A fierce debate had broken out amongst the blogging world, and I wanted to have my say. I kept that post in my drafts, and then eventually deleted it, because I decided that my mojito-induced holiday ramblings were not appropriate for the seriousness of this topic. So, let me begin with the intention of this being a pretty serious post, with a bit of my own opinion (and a good old joke) thrown in here and there.
I’ll be honest (and this is really terrible, so judge me all you wish), I had never heard of ‘cruelty free’ before I joined the big wide world of blogging. I knew that animal testing existed (hello, I have seen Legally Blonde 2!) but, in my naivety, I didn’t actually realise that it still happened. To me, it always seemed inhumane and cruel and, also in my naivety, I assumed that others would share my view.
Because of how utterly cruel it seemed to me, I just couldn’t comprehend it still happening, so I believed that it didn’t. And I sidled through my life wearing my hoola bronzer on top of my stay perfect foundation, and didn’t realise that animals had suffered for these products.
It wasn’t that I didn’t care; I didn’t know
Now, I have a few issues that I’d like to discuss regarding this in this post. I’m going to subtitle them with little headings, so feel free to skip to the one that interests you the most or read them all; whatever tickles your fancy.
This is, personally, my biggest issue when it comes to animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Part of the reason why I didn’t even know that it still went on is because brands simply don’t own up to it. For example, this is taken from a brand’s website who I used to really love.
See? Very ambiguous.
Whilst claiming not to test on animals, this brand does admit that it sells their products in China. This means that these products are not cruelty free, because in order to sell cosmetics in China, they must be tested on animals by law.
Where you stand on this is completely at your own discretion but, personally, it makes me a little sad that these companies are claiming to be cruelty free, yet make the choice to sell in China in order to benefit (haha, see what I did?) their own profits. To me personally, if a brand was that committed to animal welfare, they wouldn’t choose to sell their products on the Chinese market because of their animal testing laws. But, ya’no, that’s just my logic and thought-pattern, and you are free to make up your own mind’s completely.
(And it’s a big but)
I don’t think that brands should be allowed to answer these important queries in a wishy-washy format in their FAQs section. I think it should be made much more clear to the consumer, as it just doesn’t seem fair that so many people are unknowingly purchasing goods that are contributing towards the animal testing industry because so many brands try to down play it.
You test on animals? Ok, that’s not very nice, and maybe it might put some consumers off of your products but, to be honest, GOOD! At least maybe then you’ll rethink your testing methods.
Seriously though, this wishy-washy ‘we care about animals’ FAQs thing that these brands are doing has gotta go.
Cruelty Free Influencers
Ok, first thing’s first, I wanna applaud you. You’re doing a grand job. You’re the reason I ever even found out that animal testing still exists. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
(again, a big but)
Some of you are a lil’ aggressive sometimes. And it can get a little intimidating.
There has been SO MANY TIMES that I’ve scrolled down my twitter feed and seen cruelty free influencers who have fab cruelty free content, being a little mean to people that don’t always agree with them. I think we gotta realise that an aggressive approach probably isn’t gonna work.
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