Please Note: This post does NOT contain upsetting images.
If you’ve picked up any paper, read any online news sources or clicked on the tv, you’ve probably heard about the Yulin dog meat festival in China this month, and the uproar it is causing around the world. I want to keep this post short and concise, particularly as this topic upsets me hugely and I don’t want to spend too long thinking about it.
The Yulin festival causes me great upset. As a dog owner and lover, I can’t even begin to comprehend engaging in this tradition. BUT.
Yes, my friends, I have a but…
I have never sought to belittle, disrespect or upset anybody by posting about cruelty-free cosmetics or by stating my complete aversion to animal tested products. If what I am about to say upsets you, I do apologise and feel free to unfollow me.
When you buy animal-tested products, you contribute to the torture of animals.
The fact of the matter is, when you buy Revlon, Rimmel, L’Oreal, Garnier…to name but a few, you are directly funding the further testing and thus, harm of animals. I never have, nor will include photos of such testing on my page because it truly is horrifying, but believe me, it would shake you to your core. Sadly, even brands like NYX, Urban Decay and The Body Shop have now been taken over by larger, animal-testing companies, meaning that in my eyes, the support for them is the support for testing.
I know it can be really tough to see the wood from the trees. So many of these companies will say they state that they do not test their products on animals, but when reading the smaller print you can blatantly see that they are lying. They will hire people to do the testing, or will continue to sell their products in China, thus supporting a market that obligates animal-testing for all products sold there. I know it can be frustrating and seem impossible to find products that are 100% cruelty free, and I sincerely hope that my blog and the others out there like it can help to point you in the right direction for cruelty-free shopping.
If you are ever in doubt, even just Google the brand and “animal testing” and results will pop up instantly. If you want to look at a comprehensive list, you can quickly here. (Please note: This link does not contain upsetting images)
It goes without saying that the Yulin festival is barbaric…but is the way the world shops for cosmetics any better? Is your appearance really worth the torture and killing of an innocent animal?