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The Life You Never Wanted: Animal Edition

By: Nicole P


Animals. Think about the many times you’ve seen animals in your life.

It almost seems normal at least one species of an animal every day, whether that be on the street while walking, in a forest or even in your own home both welcomed and unwelcomed.

Now imagine being one of those animals but instead of roaming where you typically see them, you see them through a window of a testing lab as subjects to a project.

It doesn’t feel the same right?

Do you see the difference when animals are within an unharmful environment without human action versus the image of harm being done due to human fault?

There is a reason why the unwelcoming reaction we get is there, it is because it is completely wrong.



You may ask “What is Animal Testing?”



The meaning is respectively in the name, the means to use animals (living beings) as test subjects for products that cannot be yet tested on humans in case real harm is caused.


Here is a small list of the many things animals are used for …

  • Fundamental research

  • Genetic modification

  • Regular testing

  • Cosmetics tests



Just imagine all these methods of testing were used on humans instead of animals. The position we would be forced into. Not the prettiest or most comfortable feeling huh.

BUT there is always a way to change, good change!

Firstly,

We start by avoiding non-cruelty-free products and brands such as …


  • Clinique

  • Estee Lauder

  • Victoria Secret






The constant pattern that can be seen within these brands is that most belong to the cosmetics industries. Companies that create makeup, body products, scents and products that make contact with skin are one of the largest sources of animal cruelty.


Second,

This is where we begin to notice the products that support cruelty-free. As of 2020, the list of cruelty brands has risen as well as the number of people who stopped purchasing from those harmful brands.

Now the brands that you should invest your money in are…


  • Bath and Body Works

  • Elf

  • Lush

  • Glossier


The world is constantly looking for ways to improve and become more efficient. Just because animals may not be considered humans does not mean they should be treated merely as test subjects for the hands of humans.

Now that you are aware of animal cruelty and the steps to depart from that manure of living, the fight to stop animal cruelty can continue and grow :).





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