Take a moment to think about your daily routine. You get up, groan about school /work, and take a shower. You use Head and Shoulders for that awful dandruff, or Dove for that silky, smooth feeling. You get out of the shower and step onto your bath mat made from 100 percent wool. You brush your teeth with Aim or Sensodyne, as recommended by your dentist, and use Listerine Mouth Wash. After getting dressed for the day and putting on Secret or Degree deodorant, maybe you put on some makeup. You try out a new Maybelline product or an old-but-favorite shade of lipstick from Makeup Forever.
How far into your day is this? 45 minutes? An hour? Only a small portion of your day and it is already packed full of products that test on animals.
You may be thinking: Ugh, just another sob story on how there are so many sad bunnies being tested so I can "safely" use Revlon Hair Dye. How someone could think such a selfish thought, I don't know. Yet, in the last couple of years, the rate of animal experimentation has reached 73 percent. In just five years alone, the number of mice being tortured so that you could use the new Neutrogena wash or try on a new shade on Avon jumped from 1.2 million to nearly 1.9 million.
Animal experimentation is a serious and rising issue. In the words of Cruelty-Free International, "Millions of animals are used and killed in the name of progress every year." Rabbits, mice, monkeys, even cats and dogs are losing their lives in laboratories without good cause!
So, how can you help? Well, you can start by striking products that test on animals from your shopping list. In addition to the major brands already stated, the following still experiment with animals:
- Pearl Drops
- Victoria's Secret
- Mary Kay
- Anna Sui
And so many more. There are much safer alternatives to these products, including Avalon Organics Therapy Shampoo, Sappho, AU Naturale, Makeup Geek, BH Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, Wet n' Wild mascara, and Desert Essence Organics, just to name a few.
Another option is to write to a major company and explain to them why you will not be purchasing products from them anymore. Don't leave out any details! Remember, there is no remorse when it comes to a company torturing animals because they couldn't think of a better way to come up with the data.
Still not convinced you can help? You can always donate to organizations dedicated to ending animal experimentation. These include PETA, Animals Australia, Cruelty-Free International, AFMA, Animal Justice Project, AVC, and more. Donating to these organizations can lead to better advancements in protecting our furry friends.
So the next time you go shopping, do some research—does this brand test on animals? If so, find an alternative! There are always better options!
Credits to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Animals Australia for providing alternative brands to those who experiment.