Our heart bleeds a lot for victims of atrocities – though if you follow our media, atrocities only happen in Palestine.
But humans have been killing each other since the beginning of time and will continue to do so till the end of time.
But there’s one type of atrocity that gets 0 media attention; we all know that it takes place, but its “uncomfortable” thinking about it, so we ignore it.
Am talking of experiments on animals.
Its one of the world’s worst genocides and most people do not give a damn. For the sake of “science” and worse – for the sake of cosmetics, thousands of animals are captured/bred, put in captivity, tortured, mutilated and ultimately killed.
This happens because of your shampoo, your conditioner, your eye shadow, your nail polish etc.
I can still understand – not condone – but still understand animal testing for the sake of finding cancer medicine and such; but what happens for the sake of cosmetics is abhorrent – and nothing sort of a genocide.
These are sentient, intelligent, innocent, loving animals – and in the case of chimanzees and other primates – they can communicate with not only each other, but also with us, using our languages.
What gives us the right to mercilessly butcher them without any consequence or repercussion?
And this is a world full of pedophiles, rapists, terrorists etc who are wasting everybody’s time and money just loitering around in jails.
Why do they deserve our compassion while the poor innocent animals are mercilessly butchered for lipstick?
Where are the animals’ rights? Most importantly the most basic right of the mall – the right to live
Thankfully, I am not the only one who thinks like that
An Argentine court and an American court have given an orangutan named Sandra and 2 chimps named Hercules and Leo respectively basic legal rights.
Its a start and and a start that was desperately needed.
This is like a beacon of hope for animal rights campaigners everywhere and hopefully it will lead to at least the ban of experiments on primates.
Now, if you are concerned and want to do your part, there is something very simple that you can do, something that I do. I don’t but any product from any company that tests on animals.
Look I am not a preacher; unlike some holier than thou vegans, I don’t go on and on like Jehovas Witnesses and badger people about my beliefs. Its my belief that only around one in four vegans – and my dear friend Sandesh Raju is one of them – is a vegan because they love and care for animals; the rest become vegans to feel holier than thou and condescending; its like the hipster thing to do, a fashion accessory.
I don’t believe in preaching so I won’t badger you about boycotting this or buying that.
If you really care about animals – not just lip service – you will try and change on your own.
Now if you really want to change, you can, the information is out there
These companies do not apparently test on animals
And these companies do
Olay is probably the largest skincare company in the world and is owned by Procter & Gamble, like many cosmetic brands. According to their publically available material, Olay carries out 400,000 safety tests for its products each and every year. It is unclear as to how many of these are conducted on animals but due to its absence from the Leaping Bunny list and animal-tester status on the PETA list, it is likely that animals are used.
Avon speaks of an ethical duty to maintain standards, but only to the safety of its consumers. While Avon asserts that they do not carry out tests on animals, some of the ingredients they source from outside facilities are tested on animals. PETA has Avon on its animal tester listand Avon is also not Leaping Bunny approved. Keeping in mind a company’s commitment to only using ingredients sourced from other cruelty-free brands or companies is important. To avoid this issue, it is always best to go for a 100 percent cruelty-free brand when picking cosmetics.
Garnier is owned by L’Oreal, is one of the most well-known cosmetic parent companies in the world. It is also probably the most notorious among cruelty-free shoppers. Although Garnier boasts their use of many natural ingredients, unfortunately, they also test on animals.
Neutrogena is another one of the largest skincare companies in the world. It’s a household name everywhere. Yet it is blacklisted by PETA and not Leaping Bunny approved either. Some of Neutrogena’s products are labeled “not tested on animals,” but that does not mean they are 100 percent “cruelty-free.” Click here to read more about the delineation between these two terms.
5. M.A.C Cosmetics
M.A.C. Cosmetics is part of the parent company, Estee Lauder. In 2012, Estee Lauder resumed animal testing, after claiming to have sworn off the practice, to meet testing requirements in Chinese markets. Although the Chinese government no longer legally requires cosmetics to be tested on animals, M.A.C. still falls under PETA’s no-fly list.