Exactly what price are you paying for those ruby red lips or extra-long lashes?

Enough is enough. As a blogger, fur mom, animal activist and ambassador for All Heart Foundation, Adré Muller has been conducting intensive research into the various products that test on animals and what she found was simply shocking.

Why do people make such a big deal about animal testing? I’m glad you asked. You have to keep in mind that these tests are not just simple, once off tests with little consequence. The type of tests some big name brands perform on animals are terrible, and have horrific side effects.

These tests that are carried out on mice, rats, dogs, bunnies and even horses, include skin and eye irritation tests, where chemicals are rubbed on their bare skin or in the eyes or mucous membranes. They even inject the ingredients into the animals to test acute toxicity (rats and mice are injected at deadly doses) and all these tests are done without any pain relief.

You might think that the price an animal pays is worth it when considered that products can then be made safe for humans. But. how can a product that has blinded or poisoned animals during testing still be marketed as safe? The answer is that one the main reason companies do these animal tests is, not to make the products safe, but to provide data they can use to defend themselves when they are sued by injured consumers (or consumers’ pets)? Companies use the fact that the products have been tested – rather than the actual test results – to support the claim that they are duty-bound.

It’s sad because there are many other ways to test the products. Beagles are the most popular breed for animal-testing because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people pleasing personalities. Beagles are routinely blinded in the testing of shampoo and soap products. This will never be acceptable to me. The beauty industry seems to be the biggest culprit, the reason is that China’s Food and Drug Administration requires certain types of cosmetics to be tested on animals before being sold into the market – and China is one of the biggest markets in the world.

The most shocking discovery was seeing how many perfume brands are used on animals, most notably all the perfumes that fall under the Estee Lauder brand (not just naming and shaming her, the list does go on). Please click on the link to see the images of various animal testing procedures, but please be advised that this is not for sensitive viewers HTTPS://WWW.PETA.ORG/LIVING/PERSONAL-CARE-FASHION/13-EYE-OPENING-PHOTOS-ANIMALS-LABS/.

I am astonished by make-up artists and models that market all these make-up brands without feeling ashamed of what these products are doing to animals, animals are not ours to wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way. I really do not want to name and shame these companies but I feel the need for consumers to have enough facts to make informed choices. These are but a few of the big names in the beauty industry who all have a nasty little secret

  1. Nivea
  2. Harpic
  3. Listerine
  4. Johnsons and Johnsons
  5. Estee Lauder
  6. Mac
  7. Loreal
  8. Maybeline
  9. Yardley
  10. Clinique
  11. Head and Shoulders
  12. Dove
  13. Gillette
  14. Venus

For a full list of animal testing companies go to HTTPS://WWW.CRUELTYFREEKITTY.COM/COMPANIES-THAT-TEST-ON-ANIMALS/. Make an informed decision when buying products. An easy way to do that is by using a handy app you can download to your phone at HTTP://CRUELTY-CUTTER.ORG/ The app allows you to scan the bar codes of products to immediately see what is happening behind the fancy packaging you are holding in the shop.

Here is also an extensive list of non testing companies: HTTP://FEATURES.PETA.ORG/CRUELTY-FREE-COMPANY-SEARCH/INDEX.ASPX

It is mainly based on international products, so not finding a South African product might happen, but then in the same sense mostly South African products are not tested on animals because we do not have the money for testing, the so called no name brands that we have are now the brands that I love to support and represent. I am not saying throw out everything in your house (that would be ideal) but when the products are finished try to replace them with products that are not tested on animals. Here is a list of some animal cruelty free products that I LOVE to support.

Beauty does not need to come at the price of killing the voiceless. Support beauty without bunnies.