Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Say no to animal testing

Over the years, I have slowly become more animal "friendly." I am not perfect, but I became a pescetarian a few years ago (haven't quite been able to give up seafood yet, though I have reduced my intake considerably), and after an encounter with someone who works in a field that tests on animals, I decided to try and be more conscious about the products I use. If you are also interested in reducing or eliminating the products you use that have been tested on animals, here are some tips:

1. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a database that allows you to search for cruelty-free companies and products.

2. Request PETA's free Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide to help you make more informed decisions.

3. Watch out. Companies may say that their "finished product" has not been tested on animals. This does not mean that their ingredients were not! Here is another list of companies that do not test the finished product or any of its ingredients on animals. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) published it to help consumers make smart, cruelty-free choices.

4. Look for the bunny! Products who have committed to being cruelty-free will have CCIC's bunny logo on them.

Let's all try to live a more peaceful, cruelty-free life by not testing on animals who have no say in the matter.

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