Definition of the words
Being Vegan means:
– Eating foods made exclusively from non-animal ingredients, – plant based diet
– Wearing clothes which are not made from animals. It means no leather or fur, no wool (avoid angora, cashmere, pashmina, mohair, camel hair, and shearling), no silk, no down or animal feathers.
– Using cosmetics and household products which do not contain animal ingredients and are not tested on animals
– Not supporting the use of animals for other purposes. No ZOO, circuses with animals, water parks with animal attractions, horse raising,…
The term “cruelty-free product” is generally understood within the animal rights movement as a product that has not been tested on animals by the manufacturer.
What is Cruelty-Free?
Consumers need to be aware that labels that read “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals” may not always mean what we think. As no government agency currently defines these terms, nor sets standards for their usage, it is left to each company to determine what its “cruelty-free” label means. Many scientists – including those who support alternatives – believe these ambiguities can make these labels meaningless.
“Cruelty-free” can be used to imply:
- that neither the product nor its ingredients have ever been tested on animals. This is highly unlikely however, as almost all ingredients in use today have been tested on animals somewhere, at some time, by someone – and could be tested again,
- that, while the ingredients have been tested on animals, the final product has not,
- that the manufacturer itself did not conduct animal tests but instead relied on a supplier to test for them – or relied on another company’s previous animal-test results,
- that the testing was done in a foreign country, where laws protecting animals might be weaker than in the U.S.
- that either the ingredients or the product have not been tested on animals within the last five, ten, or twenty years (but perhaps were before, and could be again),
- that – as in the case of the CCIC’s Leaping Bunny Program – neither the ingredients nor the products have been tested on animals after a certification date and will not be tested on animals in the future.
In short, there is no “official” or government-sanctioned cruelty-free label. Conscientious consumers are left to make some very complex choices among products made by companies that do no animal testing themselves but rely on animal-tested safety data gathered elsewhere, those that have made commitments of one degree or another to alternatives research, and companies that do neither. Even with the challenges of understanding what most manufacturers mean by their “cruelty-free” label, the CCIC’s Leaping Bunny Program is the best resource to help concerned consumers find products that have met a “cruelty-free” standard.
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program maintains a single, comprehensive standard for cruelty-free labeling. This makes it easier for consumers to shop for products manufactured without the use of animal testing. The Leaping Bunny Program gives consumers assurance that products they are buying have met the most rigorous cruelty-free standards as licensees are required to sign a pledge not to test on animals during any stage of product development.
Read more: http://www.mspca.org/programs/animal-protection-legislation/animal-welfare/lab-animal-welfare/cruelty-free-labeling.html
Shopping guide: http://www.leapingbunny.org/shopping.php
Cruelty free and vegan
Just because a product is labeled “cruelty-free” does not necessarily mean that it is vegan. A product that has not been tested on animals may still contain animal ingredients. Unfortunately many of the ingredients don’t sound like one, here is list of some of them:
Beeswax, silk, pearl powder, carmine, lanolin (lanolin derivatives: aliphatic alcohol, cholesterol, wool isopropylmyristate laneth lanogene, lanolin alcohol, lanosterols, sterols, and triterpene alcohols), gelatin, collagen, protein, hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, guanosine, keratin, lactose (milk), oleyl alcohol.
For full list of animal ingredients visit: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredients-list.aspx
Products which are cruelty free and vegan will have two symbols on them: leaping bunny and sunflower or V
For me is really important to have both cruelty and vegan products, not just cosmetics but also cleaning products.
When I started with this lifestyle and I was reading about vegan cosmetics I found out that most of the products I was using came from those big companies which were testing on animals 😦 . It was really sad. Anything what was new or rarely used I gave away as a gift and other products I used until there where empty. I already bought those things so I didn’t wanted to waste them.
Now I’m careful with my choices. If I wasn’t vegan I would choose at least cruelty free cosmetics. And even after there is a band on cosmetics tested on animals in EU, I’m still not planing to buy stuff from those companies which were testing until recently or companies which are selling their products in China where is animal testing a must.
Next time I will try to make a post about products which I’m using. So please go vegan or at least vegetarian (no fish or eggs) and please please use cruelty free products.