When you think about it…we all know what “cruelty-free” means, don’t we?

Rats, rabbits, dogs, and other animals suffer when used for product testing.

According to an article in Science Daily, “…there is no legal standard for what is and isn’t cruelty-free…. A company may claim their product is cruelty-free, but there still may be some animal testing done somewhere along the manufacturing process. This could lead to consumers being tricked into buying products that they do not support.”

Today, more of us are searching for ways to be animal friendly not only in our interactions with companion animals but with all animals. Some people are going vegan or at least vegetarian to cut down on their use of animal products in their diet and to save lives that would otherwise find themselves in factory farms. Others are boycotting circuses, zoos, rodeos, horse racing, and other forms of entertainment where animals are exploited for financial gain.

Still others want to purchase as many products as possible that were not tested on animals. Cosmetics, soaps, deodorants, and other such items don’t have to be tested on animals. Drugs and other products do. However, some companies say a product is cruelty free when, in fact, some of the ingredients were tested on animals. So, what’s a consumer to do?

There are several organizations that have lists of companies that do not test on animals. Check out the links below. When you think about it…being cruelty-free may take a few minutes of your time…but what is time when it saves lives.

Leaping Bunny’s shopping guide
IDA’s cruelty free companies
PETA’s searchable database of cruelty-free companies and products

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