Leaping bunny

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’.

Photo credit: Sasha Tarabanova
Photo credit: Sasha Tarabanova
Photo credit: Sasha Tarabanova
Photo credit: Sasha Tarabanova
Photo credit: Sasha Tarabanova
Photo credit: Sasha Tarabanova

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:

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