How To Ensure Your Cosmetics Are Not Tested On Animals.
You are trying to do your best to be a caring, ethical, consumer. You stick to purchasing what you believe to be are cruelty free cosmetics and personal care products. You diligently check the packaging for a cruelty free rabbit logo and/or a statement that the product is not tested on animals. But is this enough?
Can you trust what is written on the packaging, or the sales person at the cosmetic counter ensuring you that a product is cruelty free? Sadly no you can’t.
If you live here in Australia and truly want to buy cosmetics, personal care, household and cleaning products that are not tested on animals, then there is an easy answer to How To Ensure Your Cosmetics Are Not Tested On Animals and that is to always buy only approved cruelty free products. What this means is that brands have sought out independent, 3rd party approval by a not for profit organisation, such as Cruelty Free International and their incredibly stringent Leaping Bunny Programme.
*Important – Choose Cruelty Free Australia merged into Cruelty Free International on June 1st 2021 . You can read about the merge here.
As you can see from the look I created on the model holding this beautiful shelter rabbit Jordan, you can indeed get a professional beauty look using accredited cruelty fee and also, organic mineral makeup and hair products.
What Are Approved Cruelty Free Products?
Cruelty Free International approved brands are companies that have put in the time and effort to go through the process of completing the incredibly thorough Leaping Bunny Programme with complete transparency. They then agree to regular independent audits to ensure no animal testing has slipped into their ingredient suppliers chain.
The Difference Between Cruelty Free Internationals Leaping Bunny Programme and Other Cruelty Free Lists.
Yes there are other cruelty free shopping guides by other animal welfare organizations, but Cruelty Free International is considered the gold standard and is far more stringent, and I believe, by far the most comprehensive in the world. By consulting the Leaping Bunny Programme List this is exactly How To Be Sure Your Cosmetics Truly Are Not Being Tested On Animals.
Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny Programme approval process, means that brands must go through a very in-depth process or investigation, which goes right back to every single raw ingredient producer and through to which countries they are sold in and whether that country requires animal testing of cosmetics before sale.
Not All Bunny Logos Are The Same
Many cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products proudly display a rabbit logo on their packaging. This unfortunately is not a sure-fire way to ensure that the company is 100% cruelty free!
Any company can whack a rabbit logo onto their products. There are also many variants of rabbit logos out there. Plus there are companies illegally adding rabbit logos owned by nonprofit organisations such as Cruelty Free International, the former Choose Cruelty Free and PETA logos to their products.
To ensure products with a rabbit logo are officially accredited by Cruelty Free International or another reputable organisation, you need to look the company in question up on the organization’s own list to see if they are actually listed there. If they are not on the list then they have no right to be using that organisations official rabbit logo and you should contact the organisation and let them know about this breach of copyright.
Not Tested On Animals Labeling Loopholes
As there is no legal laws in Australia, or in the US governing the labeling of cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products as cruelty free, then relying on a cruelty free statements printed onto packaging unfortunately is just not enough. Again, this is why it is so important to support the companies that take the time and effort to become accredited by a non-profit organization such as Cruelty Free International.
Important – before you read any further please understand I am not trying to black list the below animal welfare organizations in any way. I commend them for all they do to help save animals, but I sincerely wish they would take up the same standards of cruelty free accreditation as Cruelty Free International does and the former Choose Cruelty Free did. If worldwide all the cruelty free lists were of the same stringent standards, then together they could create a loud, strong voice of persuasion to help save even more animals and encourage all cosmetics companies to go 100% cruelty free.
Making A Conscious Effort To Shop Cruelty Free
Please help save animals from torturous, cosmetic testing by taking the extra step and effort to shop for cosmetics, personal care and household cleaning products that are accredited and listed with Cruelty Free International here.