Before I even get started, I’m not trying to preach or convince you to switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle. I’m just explaining where I’m going with this decision and how it will effect this blog.
*This post was last updated on: September 3, 2013*
I’ve been debating whether or not I should post this for about a month now but I figured someone would notice my intentions sooner or later and it would be better if I explained myself in detail.
In May I decided to become cruelty-free. Cruelty-free means that I am no longer going to support brands that test their products or ingredients on animals. This was a very personal and difficult decision for me, I had been thinking about doing it for over a year but kept changing my mind because of the inconvenience and how it would change my buying habits. After I started blogging, I realized it would change my work as well. So I hesitated.
Then a few months back, I decided I’m being a hypocrite. I admire people that are “green” or eco-conscious, vegans and vegetarians, DIY driven, work-at-home, cruelty-free, and generally lovely kind people…. Why admire someone for doing something you have always wanted to do but then you don’t do it yourself or even attempt it? That makes absolutely no sense.
Why do I want to be cruelty-free? I don’t think animal testing is necessary with all the new possible testing techniques. Why harm unnecessarily? It’s that simple. I understand that medicine is often tested on animals, I’m currently not boycotting medication.
UPDATE: See my next Cruelty-free steps.
It took me so long to come to this decision because of the exhaustive amount of brands that do test. A great deal of the products I own were from these brands and I didn’t want to give up my favorites. It also isn’t as easy as you may think to find cruelty-free brands. Brands may say they are cruelty-free but then they buy ingredients from suppliers that do test on animals. Also, a company that was previously cruelty-free (Like MAC) may decide to expand to China, one of the countries that requires animal testing.
It is honestly a very inconvenient change for me, absolutely everything I buy now has to be researched.
But it’s worth it.
What will change on rebeccakelsey.com?: I am no longer accepting free products for review from brands that test products on animals and am no longer accepting sponsorships from these brands.
You may have also noticed this at the bottom of posts (from mid-May forward):
+ = Brand animal testing whereabouts unknown or unclear.
* = This brand tests on animals.
All non-tagged brands free of animal testing.
Note: I am not currently boycotting brands that have parent companies that test on animals. I don’t currently disclose to that brands that have parent companies that test so that is up to you to find out.
Since I also strive to be more eco-conscious, I am not going to out-right throw away the products I already own from animal-tested brands. It is going to take me over a year (powders take forever to use up!) to rid these products from my collection. I’ve also started donating products to woman’s shelters so they can be put to good use. So the disclaimer above will be in effect until all of said products are out of my collection.
One important thing to note: I don’t intend to be a cruelty-free pushing blog. Other then this post and the disclaimers at the end of each post, you probably won’t hear about this again (unless it becomes highly requested). I’m not ashamed of my choice, I just don’t want to be pushy. I wont judge you if you decide to purchase from cruelty-free brands since it took me so long to come to the decision myself, that wouldn’t be fair. This blog is just a reflection of who I am and I’m changing a bit. If you do however want a cruelty-free blog with a lot of content and features along those lines, I would suggest My Beauty Bunny. Jen and the staff writers there are wonderful and provide a great resource for people looking to learn more about cruelty-free brands.
So, that is my thoughts…
If you’d like to sign the pledge to be cruelty-free, go here.
An explanation of some of the things done to animals that are tested on.
My favorite Cruelty-Free blog: My Beauty Bunny
P. S. I don’t plan on becoming a vegetarian or vegan… at least not yet. I haven’t turned the idea down entirely but I do want to experience it for at least a month before I’m 30.