Recently in one of my journalism classes my classmates and I were discussing possible blog topics. I said that I would love to write about cruelty-free household products and cosmetics. One of my classmates asked, “How can you know that the product is cruelty-free?”
This is an excellent question that can serve as a starting point for this blog.
In this post I would like to focus on what cruelty-free stands for and how anybody can identify if the product was produced without harming animals.
Cruelty-free means no animal testing while producing something, weather it is an ingredient or a final product. You might have seen a symbol of a leaping bunny on the back of some products. This is the most common way of cruelty-free labeling. You may also encounter products that simply state ‘no animal testing’.
There are some companies that do not practice animal testing but yet they do not include the symbol or a disclaimer of being cruelty-free on the products. This is not a problem, as nearly every product on the market can be easily checked through a number of web-sites, such as http://www.leapingbunny.org/ and http://logicalharmony.net/cruelty-free-vegan-brand-list/. They are super easy to navigate, allowing a consumer to check what the status of the company is within seconds.
While looking for some information as to why companies have the need to test on animals, I stumbled upon this video that I would like to share here for anybody who is interested: