Imagine if your entire life involved having chemicals rubbed onto your skin, poured into your eyes, or forced down your throat. This is what is like for thousands of animals born in to the world of #cosmetictesting. It breaks my heart to think #rabbits (just like my baby, Oreo), #guineapigs, #rats, #mice and other animals are painfully and unnecessarily tested on for the sake of #cosmetics.
Most people assume that major cosmetic companies use alternatives to animal testing. Many well-known brands even state on their website that they do not own any animal testing facilities and do not perform animal testing themselves. However, that does NOT mean they are cruelty-free. Although animal testing for cosmetics is not known to occur in Australia, it is still legal. In fact, animal testing is legal in many countries, which means finished products or individual ingredients can be tested on animals overseas before being sold here.
In countries like China, all imported beauty products are required by law to be tested on animals before being be sold there. Many companies such as #EsteeLauder (who own #MAC, #bobbibrown, #clinique, #DKNY) and #Loreal (#maybelline, #YSL, #Lancome) continue to sell their products in China to increase their profit, this means they MUST agree and pay for their products to be tested on animals. Therefore, they are not cruelty-free like they have led their consumers to believe.
No animal deserves to suffer or be killed in the name of #beauty. Before purchasing any product, quickly research to make sure it is #vegan. If it is, you can be sure it is cruelty-free. Purchasing products that aren't vegan means that they may have been tested on #animals and/or contain animal-derived ingredients from exploited and abused beings.