Vegan or Organic Does Not Necessarily Mean Cruelty Free
Many well-meaning people believe that if a cosmetic or cleaning product is all natural, organic, or vegan, then it is automatically also a cruelty free product. Sadly this just isn’t the case as vegan or organic does not necessarily mean cruelty free
Vegan Cosmetic Products Not Always Cruelty Free.
Consumers need to understand that while many finished products may indeed be vegan, this is no guarantee that the ingredients in these products have not recently been tested on animals.
Labels slashed across vegan products highlighting that the products are cruelty free and/or against animal testing, again holds little credible value.
Yes, generally most small, independent cosmetic manufacturers, may indeed be truly cruelty free, but in all honesty, unless the company has taken the time and effort to officially seek cruelty free accreditation from either the formed Australia non-profit organization Choose Cruelty free, which on June 1st 2021 merged with the global non-profit organisation Cruelty Free International and their Leaping Bunny Programme, then there is again, no guarantee that all components of the company are completely cruelty free.
I have seen many independent vegan beauty bloggers, recommend on their blogs so-called ‘vegan cosmetics’, that in actual fact are not produced by cruelty free companies. Vegans need to be very aware of this issue!
Vegan consumers must not just read the ingredients labels, but also check to see if the company has been officially accredited cruelty free.
Certified Organic Cosmetics Are Not Always Cruelty Free.
Some of the most common reasons an organic cosmetic brand is unable to get approval by Cruelty Free International is because they use ingredients that are, or have recently been tested on animals after Cruelty Free International’s FCOD (fixed cut off date for animal testing).
Other certified organic companies, may now be selling their products into mainland China where currently the laws are that imported cosmetics products must be tested on animals in China before being sold on the shelves.
How To Ensure A Vegan Product Is Cruelty Free
Once again I enforce that the only way to be certain a vegan or organic cosmetic, personal care or cleaning product is truly cruelty free is if they are officially listed here at Cruelty Free International
It really is so important that vegan consumers encourage ALL vegan companies to seek out cruelty free accreditation with Choose Cruelty Free, so that they can then shop with confidence that no animals are being inadvertently harmed.
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