It is estimated 100 million animals are used in testing worldwide each year. Between 10 million and 11 million were used in the European Union. The UK is the largest user in the EU. These animals are killed in laboratories for experimentation and testing. With such frightening statistics, at Aubrey Bay, we believe it’s important to choose cruelty-free products. Here are our 5 best reasons to buy cruelty-free products and make the switch today.
1. Animal testing is more barbaric than you think
Some animals are forced to inhale toxic fumes, others immobilised in restraint devices for hours and others have their skin burnt from exposure to chemicals.
In the UK, the Home Office has a scale which records what it calls the “severity” experienced by animals which are used for research.
In the figures, pain is broken down into severe, moderate, mild, sub-threshold and non-recovery – which means the animal was put under anaesthetic before the start of the procedure and is killed without ever regaining consciousness.
2. Animal testing is questionable
The ‘need’ to use animals, and the justification for the suffering caused is debatable. Animals’ lives and welfare should be given higher priority.
Badly designed and poorly carried out experiments are invalid science. These waste animals’ lives. They should not be licensed by the Home Office, given grants by funding bodies or published in scientific journals.
Animal welfare should be prioritised.
3. Many brands are going cruelty-free
In recent years, there are many businesses developing products that do not contain ingredients tested on animals.
In the UK there are many great brands you can choose from such as LUSH, The Body Shop and Ecover as well as many fantastic boutique brands that are available in other shops or online.
None of these companies conducts animal testing of any kind. additionally, there is no animal testing in their supply chains.
4. It can be good for our health
Our skin is our largest organ.
The majority of cruelty-free products contain natural and non-toxic ingredients which are less likely to harm your skin as compared to products that contain parabens and other toxic chemicals.
5. Choosing cruelty-free products is good for the soul
When we make ethical choices, we feel more feel a great sense of inner peace. The more we choose ethical products and follow this positive message and share this with family and friends the more the message spreads.
Using your consumer power to make compassionate purchases, is already a great way to show your opposition to animal testing.
6. Support ethical brands
According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database, cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics launches represent over a 170% increase from July 2013 to June 2018. This means that consumers are making a conscious effort to purchase cruelty-free cosmetics from ethical brands.
At Aubrey Bay, all of our candles are 100% cruelty-free with no testing on animals. If you’d like to support us we’d love for you to check out our UK candle shop and feel free to drop us a message in the comments at the bottom of the post so we can continue to spread awareness about ethically conscious choices.
Best Reasons to Buy Cruelty-Free Products
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