What does "CRUELTY-FREE mean'?
What is cruelty-free? Do they shampoo the bunny? Do they put mascara on a mouse? Do they condition the cat? These are some of the questions and comments I have heard over the years regarding animal testing and cruelty-free products.
When in fact, animal testing for cosmetic products is brutal and painful. These tests are not required by the US government at all.
The most common laboratory test is done on rabbits. Their heads are locked in to vices and then irritants and other things are dropped in to their eyes. It is so excruciatingly painful that the rabbit's usually break their neck and die from trying to free themselves from the head vice. For those that survive it, are killed after the test anyway. And to this day, none of these tests prove any kind of safety for human use. It's just ridiculous.
I have been fighting this cause since the 80's! And although many companies have come on board, many of them sold to corporate companies. Well what does that mean? Well I will give you an example. Aveda claims they do not test on lab animals. They are listed in the cruelty free shopping guides. But along side their name you will see 'Estee Lauder". Estee Lauder bought Aveda out back in the mid 1990's. You buy an Aveda product and where does that dollar go? In to Estee Lauder's pocket! It is such a misrepresentation of compassion!
And to set us back even more, the country of China requires lab animal testing for cosmetic products. So all these companies wanting the Chinese marketshare, began testing on lab animals again. Revlon, Almay, Mary Kay, Maybelline and many others. My hat's off to Paul Mitchell! The company is still privately owned and refuse to allow their products to be sold in China! The downside of Paul Mitchell is they still use alot of petrochemicals in their products which is unsafe for humans and the earth.
Below is an excerpt from a PETA article regarding animal testing. It isn't pretty. But it's a wake up call for all of us:
U.S. Government Animal Testing Programs
If you're like most people, you were probably horrified to see news footage of dogs locked in metal chambers, convulsing and dying, as al-Qaeda terrorists pumped toxic gases into the chambers. You'd probably be even more horrified to know that your tax dollars fund the same experiments by the federal government right here in the U.S.--and not just at the Defense Department.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires by law that pesticides be tested on dogs, who are shoved into "inhalation chambers" where they try in vain to escape the deadly poisons that are pumped in. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies marketing fluoride products to swab the teeth of 200 rats with the test substance for two weeks, at which time the animals are killed and their heads baked in an oven for an hour.
While both the EPA and the FDA require massive amounts of animal testing for the marketing of industrial chemicals, vaccines, and drugs, other U.S. agencies that require and/or conduct animal testing include the Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Department of Transportation, the National Toxicology Program and the military.
A lethal poisoning test invented around the time of World War I—in which animals are force-fed increasing doses of a chemical until they die--is still the single most common animal test in use today. Government regulations still require chemical manufacturers to squirt burning chemicals into rabbits' eyes and onto their shaved skin.
Some government-mandated tests kill more than 2,000 animals every time they are conducted. And not a single one of these animal tests has ever been formally proved to be relevant to or able to accurately predict human health effects.
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So now we as hairdressers and salon owners have viable options today to make our industry much more safe for hairdressers, clients and the earth.
There's a Shear Miracle Hair Care product that's just right for you.
Please join me in becoming more compassionate souls. If you do not know companies that DO NOT test on animals, come to John Bruno Salon for a consultation and I can guide you to a more compassionate and healthy way to care for your hair! And also below I am posting some links for you for you to see which companies DO NOT test:
Have a compassionate day everyone!