Boycotting Animal Testing Could Hurt

July 25, 2010

Rescued Beagle

How could I intentially inflict suffering on this adorable little thing?

When I heard the story about the 120 beagles rescued from the bankrupt animal testing lab, I was convicted to renew my commitment to banishing animal-tested products from my house.  Since then, every few minutes I think of another product I can't buy again.  Here's my list so far:

  • Loreal Lash Out Mascara
  • Loreal Voluminous Mascara
  • Loreal Eye Cream
  • Loreal EverPure Shampoo
  • Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Make Up Remover
  • Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Undereye Roller
  • Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color
  • Tide
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Clorox Toilet Cleaner
  • Aveeno Shave Cream
  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Clean & Clear Blotting Papers
  • Neutrogena Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask
  • Redken Align Hair Straightening Lotion
  • Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Glad AND Ziploc Bags
  • Puffs Tissues
  • Swiffer Products
  • Charmin Bath Tissue

Quite a monster list already, isn't it?  I know that list will just get longer and longer, until it probably looks like it includes everything I use.  It really makes me feel bad that I've been supporting animal testing by buying all this cr*p from bunches of offending companies.

It's going to hurt to abandon products that I've loved and used faithfully; sometimes for decades.  I have to experiment and find new products to replace all those…products that aren't tested on animals!

But the point is, animal testing hurts bunnies, beagles, primates, mice and rats.  A lot.  More than we can even imagine. My momentary withdrawal pains are nothing in comparison.  Suck it up, BigSis. Instead of adopting a whiney attitude of “look what I'm giving up”, I'm going to approach this as an adventurous opportunity to find some products that are even better than what I was using before.  AND, no one will have to suffer because of my purchase.

Photo credit: Best Friends

~BigSis

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