the importance of living cruelty free
As we all know, a vegan lifestyle applies not only to what we eat, but also to what we wear and products we consume. But you don't have to be vegan to buy cruelty-free. Cruelty-free products are manufactured or developed by methods which don't involve cruelty to animals - no pain, death, animal testing, habitat destruction..
I’ve been an animal-lover and pet owner all my life, from turtles to birds and from rabbits to dogs, I definitely feel an affinity to animals (and, let’s face it, sometimes I prefer them to humans). I've never really understood how people can feel proud when wearing animal skins, it's like: "look at me, 10 foxes, 5 snakes and 1 cow were killed so I could get dressed" - does that make you feel better? more rich? Because in my opinion you are just contributing to the death of those animals, that is, you are also a murderer (and you are proud of it!).
I understand that we are all a bit sucked by advertising and we don't even think about how things are manufactured or tested, but there is always a turning point - at some point in our lives, there is always that vegan friend, that documentary, that famous person going cruelty free or that article about animal industry - and you can decide to ignore or reflect on the subject.
I'm not saying that you don't care about animals, but maybe you have never really thought about the behind-the-scenes going on of the cosmetic, food, clothes and other product industries. Although animal testing is illegal in Europe, 80% of the rest of the world has no restrictions on it – including the USA and Asia, where almost everything is made. Sad, isn’t it?
I know we cannot save all the animals and I also know that these brands will continue to test on animals because they don't care if I buy their products or not (in fact, they don't care about anyone, just themselves). But there are lots of things I can do - I can decide where I spend my money, which brands I support and I can decide if I want to be part of this murder.
Now comes the part where you start thinking "but then I will spend more money, it will be much more expensive and I will not be able to buy anything". Well, let me tell you this is a lie. The big name brands are the ones who do still test on animals and produce articles containing skins or other parts of animals. I remember when I started my cruelty-free life and I found out that some of my favourite beauty brands are not cruelty-free and I’d been blindly using them for years, it's so sad. I would have thought that higher price would lead to more ethical production methods, and I was so wrong!
No animal deserves to suffer or die so you can put on your make up, wear that amazing dress or those shoes that make others be green with envy! Because when you clean your makeup, get undressed and take off your shoes, what's left? Your character - your mental and moral qualities, the distinctive nature of something. Would you like who you are?
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