Something big happened in the makeup industry in August, but you may have missed it. Illinois became the third state to ban the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. More than 30 other countries have a similar ban, but the U.S. as a whole has not taken a stand as yet.
Cosmetic companies use animals to test their products' possible effects on humans, but animal welfare advocates say there are better, more humane, non-animal alternatives available for these companies to use.
We all want to be better consumers. There are ways to tell if your favorite brand tests on animals or not. Here are a few of them:
Look for one of the three certified bunny logos on the packaging. It's usually on the back and is one of the fastest and easiest ways to ensure the product wasn't tested on animals. Just remember, companies must pay to use the logo, so a company may be cruelty-free, but not be able to afford to pay. Watch out for unofficial bunny logos that look similar.
You can use an online list of certified cruelty-free brands. Companies don't have to pay to be on these lists, but they still need to meet cruelty-free standards. Try Leaping Bunny or Beauty Without Bunnies.
There are quite a few cruelty-free mobile apps out there. Try Leaping Bunny app, Choose Cruelty-Free app or Bunny Free app.
Email the company and ask your own questions.
Consult an Expert
Look for a cruelty-free expert or blogger, but remember, these are only opinions. Try Logical Harmony or Cruel-Free Kitty.
What can you do if your favorite brands is still testing on animals? You can refuse to purchase their products and write and tell them why you won’t be using their eye shadow, detergent, or shampoo.