Animal Testing is Not Pretty ~ Kimberley Luu

Via on Apr 4, 2011

Fighting against animal testing while simultaneously valuing certain enhancements in medical/health-related research is like trying to put out a fire that you are ironically, also feeding. When evaluating the ethics of this type of animal research, it is for me as well as many others, an ever-complicated gray zone as it can be almost impossible to immediately determine whether or not the benefits of the research will outweigh the ethical costs; some studies have been completely and utterly pointless, but some have also been very influential, and most of the time we cannot accurately evaluate the significance of the findings until years later.

One thing I can be clear on, however, is that absolutely no form of animal testing is worth the development of purely aesthetic, enhancing cosmetic products. Here is the deal: I burn out the corneas of a dozen rabbit’s eyes; you get a tube of black gunk you get to smear all over your own eyes. Hurray! You get to feel a little less insecure about yourself.

It doesn’t seem like a very fair bargain, especially when at this point in time there is already tons of existing research that makes animal testing completely unnecessary. Many other study methods exist which can safely test products before entering the market. We don’t need to test on animals. And yet,  some companies insist on remaining cruel.

This is my message to consumers: Please take the time to be a mindful consumer of your cosmetic products. Sure, companies that do not test on animals tend to be more on the pricey side, but they also tend to win on both the quality and longevity scale. Trust me, these products are worth your investment. Show the world your pretty face and your pretty conscience.

Here’s a list of Popular companies that do NOT test their products on animals:

For a complete list of companies that do not use animal testing, click here.

For a list of companies that do test their products on animals, click here.

The above images are from Kimberley’s three-part ad design aimed at fighting animal testing for cosmetic products.

________________________________________________________________________________________

Kimberley is a certified Pranalife Yoga teacher based in Waterloo, Ontario. She believes firmly that “a picture can speak a thousand words,” and enjoys fine art, design, and visual communication. Feel welcomed to contact her at kluu@uwaterloo.ca and/or view her artistic portfolio. Guinea pigs are Kimberley’s favorite animal.

About elephant journal

elephant journal is dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society." We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant's been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content...two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive—and get your name/business/fave non-profit on every page of elephantjournal.com. Questions? info elephantjournal com

1,149 views

Appreciate this article? Support indie media!

(We use PayPal but you don't need an account with PayPal.)

Elephriends - Mindful Affiliates

7 Responses to “Animal Testing is Not Pretty ~ Kimberley Luu”

  1. Wendy says:

    The Body Shop are owned by Loreal and they do test ingredients used in body shop products on animals :( there are other hidden secrets in many of the big companies including Revlon. Do your research properly.

    • Kimberley says:

      Oi, thank you for the heads up… I had thought that PETA would have done that research properly but I guess things are never as they seem.

  2. Kimberley says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2006/mar/17/re
    ^ How unfortunate,

    I guess my "P.S." to this article would be to only /consider/ buying products as listed above and on PETA's .pdf file, and before going through with the purchase to do personal research on the company; companies who at one point did not animal test could suddenly decide to do so while their website still claims that they do not.

    I know its very discouraging and a lot of work/ so difficult to identify whether a company is truly trustworthy, but all apart of the fight.

  3. [...] to the laws of karma yoga, the “yoga of action,” all the emotions that an animal experiences transform into “a symphony of vibrations” that are directly transmuted to its body. Therefore [...]

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Companies that reportedly do not test on animals: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-ca

  5. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you actually understand what you’re speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my website =). We will have a link alternate arrangement between us

  6. [...] few things that I’ve had for years, and will replace with something vegan when they wear out. I only buy skin and hair care products that are cruelty-free. A stint working for The Body Shop in college guaranteed [...]

Leave a Reply