Exploring the world of veganism has been an eye opener. For many years cruelty free has been consider vegan, without a doubt. That cute little leaping bunny giving us the re-assurance that this product is not going to infringe on religious or ethical beliefs.
How perfect is that…. One little symbol of the leaping bunny and we feel good to buy this product. But what a lot of people don’t know is cruelty free doesn’t necessarily mean vegan.
Cruelty free means = the products was not tested on animals but still may contain animal ingredients. For example, a mascara. Now this said mascara is organic and only has natural ingredients from plants and is not tested on animals and it is CRUELTY FREE, but its not vegan.
Because mascara manufacturers use a resin from a trees called shellac. But this “natural” resin is secreted by the female Lac bug. So when it’s time to harvest this resin, the bugs are harvest too. Although the end result is that the bugs are eventually clean from the resin, they were with the resin through the manufacturing process of the mascara. So mascara with shellac maybe be cruelty free but it is not vegan or halal.
But the good news is …. Vegan does mean cruelty free. Vegan is essentially a ban on everything animal including testing. So personally I would always go for vegan registered products and if they have both stamps…even better.
Now I learnt the difference, which I can assure you wasn’t fun. I will also double check products that I buy now.
But what I don’t want people to think that this post is demeaning what the leaping bunny is doing isn’t important. Because It Is.
They are campaigning against animal cruelty, against animal testing and fighting large organisation that do test. They do an amazing job. And I hope with everyone’s help they continue fighting and raising the awareness and exposing animal tester.
Keep up the good work guy’s xxx
Let’s do our bit and go for vegan products.
I struggled to write this post for a month because both organisation and symbols are a symbol of trust (too me). One is designed to stop animal testing altogether and actively fight and expose those who do and the other is just as equally important. It just gives us the 100% reassurance and seal of approval, in a sense. Both do their part in the fight against animal testing. And for that, I am thankful.
Much Love to both and other organisation, large or small that work, campaign and bring to light what testing cosmetics does to animal.
Exploring the world of veganism has been an eye opener. For many years cruelty free has been consider vegan, without a doubt. That cute little leaping bunny giving us the re-assurance that this product is not going to infringe on religious or ethical beliefs. How perfect is that…. One little symbol of the leaping bunny […]