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


5 Comments so far

  1. Posted by LilSis

    July 27, 20108:19 am

    I better start making my list. It’s going to be hard to replace some of those. I really LOVE the Olay Eye Roller and Swiffers! I’m going to have to change my mascara, too!

  2. Posted by BigSis

    July 29, 20107:20 pm

    Yep, it’s not going to be easy to replace all this stuff. I keep reminding myself of the reason I made the commitment…all the animals. I’m trying Revlon 3D mascara right now, and so far it’s fine. The brush is different so I’m having to learn how to avoid clumps with it. I’m not sure what I’m going to find to replace the swiffer products. I’m going to keep the Olay roller when it’s empty and just use it over another eye cream!

  3. Posted by Tracy

    July 29, 20108:44 pm

    The only thing I use on your list is Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. I use it for so many things – cooking, cleaning, etc. But I will switch over to Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda. I use Mary Kay for my personal care so I am safe in that area thank goodness. This post has been a great reminder for me to take a current inventory of what products I am using and check to see if they are from cruelty-free companies.


  4. Posted by Love4Animals

    April 2, 201310:00 am

    Great to know that there are people in this world that stand up for what they believe in. Animal testing is a very cruel and unnecessary practice that your list of companies perform daily on countless animals.
    Let us all stop supporting these companies and their products.

    Thanks for the great post.

  5. Posted by BigSis

    April 3, 20139:03 pm

    Hi Love4Animals, thanks for your comment. I agree that animal testing is completely unnecessary, and I don’t want to be responsible for any of that pain. It’s a little tricky to navigate the companies who do and don’t test, but I think we all agree it’s worth the challenge. Thanks so much for reading us!

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