A large amount of our cosmetics, toiletry and household products are tested on animals, but what steps can we take to being more cruelty conscious We took a peek into the world of cruelty free campaigning to find out which products we use on a daily basis that may be harming our furry friends.
The Leaping Bunny
You may have spotted The Leaping Bunny logo on some cosmetic and toiletry products you have kicking about the house, so allow us to explain what it means to you. The Leaping Bunny logo on a product means it’s been approved as ‘cruelty free’ by the Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards. This approval means that no animal testing has gone into the product or any of the products’ ingredients. You might be wondering why The Leaping Bunny exists when animal testing was banned in 2003. Although the European Union did agree a ban on the testing of animals in cosmetics, it still doesn’t stop companies from testing on animals outside of the EU and then selling products on here. With celebrity endorsements from the likes of Ricky Gervais, Ke$ha and Jude Law, it’s hoped in the future that increased awareness on the issue will encourage more of the larger companies to change their methods of product testing.
The Good Guys
There are loads of products available that do sport The Leaping Bunny logo, but before you go hunting through the supermarket aisles, allow us to fill you in on the cruelty free brands. Bath ballistic creators, LUSH are cruelty free and proud. When you’re picking up a handmade soap or shower gel from them, you can be 100% sure that the product you’re buying is completely cruelty free. Supermarket brands Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and The Co-Operative allpride themselves on selling all cruelty free products, and The Body Shop and Superdrug both sell all cruelty free own-brand products. Lots of makeup brands still do test on animals but Urban Decay, Liz Earle, E.L.F and Burt’s Bees are all cruelty free.
Join the Cause
So, what can you do to join the fight against testing on animals? You can donate to The Leaping Bunny on their website if you fancy parting with some cash. You can pledge to go cruelty free on the website too, and if you need a little help as to where to do your shopping from now on, you can download the ‘Little Book of Cruelty Free’. You can also download a template for a letter to send to your favourite brands who still do test on animals to encourage them to join the cruelty free cause!
Knows Your Stuff
There are lots of bloggers out their flying the flag for cruelty free beauty products; including Edinburgh based Amanda, who runs the blog Bunny Beautiful. You can check out her Cruelty Free A – Z list and also get some handy hints and tips on going cruelty free yourself. The PETA website also offers some interesting information regarding animal welfare in the cosmetic industry.
Good luck on your cruelty free quest!