This is a post that I have been wanting to do for such a long time, its quite a touchy subject. I think that people tend to avoid it at all costs, especially if they love animals. No one wants to feel guilty! I personally am against it, I hate it. I can't stand the thought of animals suffering and not being able to call out for help when they are in pain, they are vulnerable and its just not fair that its happening. I mean how shallow can we be? Animals suffering for a bit of makeup... Not worth it! I have always grown up having animals in my home so I do have that attachment to animals, but I can completely understand how some people just don't have that emotional attachment and don't really care for it! Which is fair enough, you can't force anyone to feel a certain way. It doesn't mean they are bad people, because I'm sure no one wants animals to be tested on. But then again I also think that there are so many great brands out there that don't test so I don't really see the point, I'm by no means a preachy person though. I'm not going to dislike someone just because they use Loreal products. I admit though, I don't know a hell of a lot about it so I don't want to go into it in detail in case I give any wrong information. But I do my best to stay away from brands that do test on animals. I will tell you what I do know though for newbies who may not have a clue...
- In the EU its currently illegal to test on animals for cosmetics, a lot of the testing happens in Asia and America. There are 0 animal rights in Asia so there is usually no supervision and the animals are kept in terrible conditions and often treated badly.
- Some companies may test on animals and be completely against it, but their parent company does. A prime example for this would be The Body Shop, who are owned by Loreal.
- Some companies may not test on animals, but their suppliers (source of ingredients) may have test their ingredients on animals, or may have done in the past. An example for this would be Soap and Glory, they themselves don't test on animals but in the response I got from them, they have no way of knowing if the ingredients from their suppliers have been.
- Some companies may claim they don't test on animals, but do so when required by law. Which basically means they do! I think they are just trying to make themselves look a little better.
There are many other points but I would be here forever listing them. You may want to check out websites like http://www.buav.org/. You can't always trust the list on Peta because they don't go through great lengths to check if the company doesn't test on animals. Where as on buav they make sure the companies suppliers etc. don't test on animals so its a lot more accurate. Or you can simply contact the company yourself, if you don't get a reply or you can't see anything on their website its likely they do and are avoiding you. But do be careful as they have weird and smart ways of wording their replies to make you think they don't, but really they do.
Getting to where I stand in this situation, I try my absolute best to stay clear of parent companies that test on animals, even though some of the brands within them are completely against it. This is because I don't want my money to fund what they do. If you think about it, if you buy a product from boots, who are against animal testing, you're still technically funding for the animal testing to happen because they stock brands that do test on animals. If you do decide to use brands whose parent companies test on animals its not all that bad, it just depends what your comfortable with and how far your willing to go with it. Some people get really petty about it and are like "well you wear leather and you eat this and that blaah" Just ignore them, its what you are comfortable with! At the end of the day, you can't live everyday in life not using something thats derived from animals, its nearly impossible. Here are a list of brands that I myself feel comfortable with using:
Co-op own brand
Waitrose own brand
Boots own brands
Superdrug own brands
Sainsburys own brands
Soap and Glory
I have probably forgotten loads but if a brand isn't on there then its either they test on animals, their parent company does or I just don't use them so I don't feel the need to do the research. Like I said before, the best thing to do is to contact the company themselves. I will be updating this on the regular. Also take note that companies sometimes change their policies, and I don't have the time to contact every single company every so often to find out. I have so many people saying to me about brands I use saying they test on animals, from my research I have conducted I have made the decision to use these brands and are happy with their response.