There’s nothing quite like opening a brand-new eyeshadow palette or getting the latest Ipsy bag in the mail. But how much do you really love cosmetics? Do you love them enough to torture and kill a dog? How about a cat or a bunny?
If you think I’m being overly dramatic, brace yourself for the information, photos, and videos to follow. While there are plenty of cruelty-free makeup and cosmetic brands on the market, most people have no idea what goes into making their favorite products. Sadly, many of the world’s most popular brands continue to rely on animal testing, even though their packaging says otherwise.
A word of warning — the story below contains graphic content that is extremely disturbing.
We’ll start with L’Oréal. While they claim to no longer engage in animal testing, they note that “an exception could be made if regulatory authorities required it for safety and regulatory purposes.” Because they operate in China, a market that requires all products to be tested on animals, they have continued to torture and kill animals in the name of beauty.
What does that actually look like? Just ask this poor, abused rabbit.
In fact, the abuse rabbits endure for product testing is truly shocking to witness.
Another popular brand that claims not to test on animals only to do exactly that is Johnson & Johnson. Who hasn’t used their powder, shampoo, or bubble bath on a baby?
Mary Kay, Avon, Estée Lauder…the list goes on and on. While these companies may not test products sold in the U.S. on animals, they continue to do so in overseas markets.
Perhaps rabbits, monkeys, or mice are not animals close to your heart, but what about a dog? Shampoo companies, like L’Oréal, Pantene, and Revlon, often use beagles to test if their products will cause eye damage. Once they find the answer, they remove the dog’s afflicted eye and begin testing on the other.
It’s unthinkable that we pamper and love our pets, then go to the store and purchase products tested on animals — but it happens every day. Sadly, the average consumer has no idea how much harm their support of certain brands is causing because they’re far from transparent.