It’s no secret that animals can feel pain and think like humans. It’s a proven fact.
But don’t take my word for it or even any scientist’s word for it. Just picture for a moment your own pet (whether that’s a dog, cat, mouse, etc.) and visualize them in pain. Perhaps you hear whimpering. Or maybe you see your pet lying on the floor, struggling to breathe. Stop.
Now visualize them in a laboratory, showing these same signs of pain and fear. Stop.
To me, the animals used in these experiments are no different than my own Yorkshire Terrier, Melinda. And I’m not the only one who agrees.
Ryan Gosling recently spoke with The Globe and Mail and said, “We know that they [animals] have individual personalities and quirks (George [his dog] loves apples, for example) and that they feel both physical and mental pain.”
Despite proof that animals can feel pain, companies like L’Oréal continue to test on animals. And I have one word in response to it all: Stop.
The United States still allows testing on animals for cosmetics. This needs to end. How can we end it? By taking a stand and showing companies like L’Oréal that we do not want to use products that test on animals.
If you haven’t already, sign The Human Society’s cruelty-free pledge!
Why should you sign the pledge? I think Elle Woods says it best.
So speak up and sign the pledge! How about you, Ms. An Verhulst-Santos? Will you sign the pledge?
On March 11, the European Union will make the sale of products tested on animals illegal. What does this mean for you, Ms. An Verhulst-Santos, and L’Oréal? It means you have two options: end animal testing or lose a huge market for business. The choice is yours, though I think the right choice is obvious. For a really great summary of the issue, I highly recommend this article and this blog post.
Oh, and I have an idea for the flag you’ll wave when you finally make the right choice.
Reading a few blogs today who have similar causes to mine: to end animal testing. I found a blog that really hit home with me. Read it here.
Why do I blog? I blog because every day animals are suffering for something so meaningless as cosmetics. If animal testing does not benefit humanity in some grand scale way, what is the point?
So, Ms. An Verhulst-Santos, what is the point?
I saw this great poster from this blog post: Dying for Full and Long Lashes are you?. The story of the animals at L’Oreal is no different.
This video is short, sweet, and to the point. This lion in the video is experiencing complex, human-like emotions. My theory is still the same as before: animals used for cosmetic testing can feel emotion and are truly not much different from ourselves. Is a jet black mascara worth the suffering of animals? Does creating the perfect shade of pink eye shadow justify animal testing? My answer is still “no.”
Ms. An Verhulst-Santos, I encourage you to watch this video and then continue to think about moving L’Oreal to a new frame of business. Bring an end to animal testing on L’Oréal products by January 2014.
In December I stumbled into one of your stores, seeking inspiration and great cruelty-free products. There I discovered a treasure trove of goodies and, to be honest, I’m officially obsessed.
My first bath bomb.
Until that point, I had never really experienced the Lush magic and I cannot believe what I have been missing.
I began by purchasing a smaller gift arrangement. I figured I don’t know much about Lush, why not sample some of it all out. As soon as a dropped that first bath bomb into my bath, I was hooked.
Fast forward to now: I’ve purchased seven bars of soap, ten bubble bars, and so much more.
So Lush, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a fabulous, cruelty-free company and I now cannot imagine life without you.
P.S. Ms. An Verhulst-Santos of L’Oréal, I’m bringing you into the conversation again because I have not forgotten my cause to convince you to end animal testing on L’Oréal products by January 2014. As you can see on social media platforms (Instragram, for example), Lush cosmetics have a strong and loyal following. Imagine if L’Oréal became cruelty-free, like Lush. By making the positive change, L’Oréal stands to gain more loyal consumers and more loyal consumers means a healthy business. Think about it.
P.S.S. To my readers, I apologize for not posting anything recently. I’ve been in a Lush daze 😉
More posts to come!
I found this link yesterday to a full page of question and answer’s about L’Oréal’s position on animal experimentation and to summarize my thoughts on the page: I don’t buy it.
Let’s Summarize The Position
- L’Oréal claims only 1% of it’s safety assessments use animal experimentation.
- L’Oréal has given €900 million toward international research on animal testing alternatives.
- For 30 years L’Oréal has been dedicated to ending animal testing.
Now here’s the thing Ms. An Verhulst-Santos, I don’t doubt that L’Oréal has invested in alternatives or over 30 years.
My doubts? How can L’Oréal research this matter for 30 years and still have not solved the problem when companies like Hard Candy, NYX Los Angeles Inc., Physicians Formula, and Urban Decay (which L’Oréal purchased- read that article here) have all resolved this issue and do not test on animals?
Lastly, the 1% issue. My question is how much is exactly 1%? Two thousand? Twenty thousand? Two million?
Again to summarize, Ms. An Verhulst-Santos of L’Oréal: I don’t buy it. And accordingly I say again, I won’t buy L’Oréal products until that 1% is a 0%.
As I’ve explained in previous posts, I’m motivated to end animal testing because I wouldn’t act any different if it was my dog being tested on.
Sad news today, just an hour ago I learned that Yes to Carrots will now use animal experimentation. If you’re not up to speed yet, let me fill you in.
China recently mandated testing for all consumer products. Some companies, including now Yes to Carrots, have decided to give in to this demand.
As a consumer who recently discovered and fell in love with Yes to Carrots, I’m extremely disappointed. To be pretty exact, I think this blog post, here, sums up many of my emotions I as well as what many other consumers are feeling.
Yes to Carrots is no longer cruelty free.