As a vegan, I am staunchly opposed to the mistreatment of animals in any situation; a pet owner who abandons their pet; a poacher who murders an animal for its fur or ivory; a farmer who steals a mother’s baby only hours after its birth. It sounds simple when written down, but this is the world that we live in. These are the actions of those large companies who boast wealth and popularity, and the companies who pay for thousands of animals to be experimented upon; these large companies, who are the role models in industry, should not be overlooked.
It is not commonly reported on in the news- the abuse that occurs in laboratories is kept hidden, like a secret that they are too ashamed to share. Truth be told, their shame is wholly justified. Every year animals are bred in cages, with no opportunity to experience natural daylight, only to be blinded anyway, when cosmetics are poured into their eyes. Force fed new weight management tablets and subjected to an ungodly amount of torturous treatments, simply because the consumers are obsessed with changing how they look. We are the consumers who are blind to the reality of our actions. Our ignorance prevents us from seeing the horror inflicted on helpless lives.
In 2013, the EU placed a ban on testing on animals for beauty products, but it does not go far enough, as it is not a global blanket ban. In China, the testing of products on animals is not considered as a crime, or even an abusive action. It may seem like it has no impact on those in the UK, but on a student budget, many students will opt for cheaper alternatives that have been imported from East Asian countries, that have openly exploited animals to create their products.
Unilever is trying to pave the way forward, by advocating an international ban on cosmetic animal testing. With DOVE recently being certified by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as cruelty free across their whole cosmetics range, this is a monumental step, with them being one of Unilever’s leading brands. With them taking a step away from the experimental methods that have unfortunately played such a large role in developing products for human consumption, it is hoped that other big brands will follow in their footsteps, and other companies who do not test on animals, such as; Superdrug, Co-Op, and newly certified ALDI products.
Cosmetic testing is just the first step in achieving a new approach and attitude towards treatment of animals, with many household cleaning products still relying on these cruel experiments in their laboratories. However, if the demand for cruelty free products from consumers increases, they will have to answer. Look out for all products with the certified leaping bunny logo. The logo assures you that your product has not been the cause of another being’s stress and endangerment.
Create the demand, and the industry will have to respond. Cosmetic trials are just the start, don’t let the protection of animal lives end there! Sign the petitions and boycott the brands who contribute to animal abuse. If you saw it in your local shop, you wouldn’t watch, so why turn the blind eye when it goes on behind white lab curtains. Let’s explore new avenues that do not contribute to animal endangerment. Science is always adapting, so why can’t these industry big names?
Stop animal abuse. Stop animal exploitation. Stop animal testing.
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