- What Does “Cruelty-Free” Mean?

With all of the hype about cruelty-free, many people might be unsure what it means. Some people think it’s the same as vegan, but there are some differences between vegan and cruelty-free!


There are many misconceptions about the term “cruelty-free” means, but we’re here to help set the record straight. Here’s what “cruelty-free” is defined as and why it should be important to you when looking for the right beauty product for you.


Defining “Cruelty-Free”


Many people assume that cruelty-free and vegan are the same. Often, people will see both labels on the package. Many companies do put both labels on the box, but these do not mean the same thing. Cruelty-free and vegan can both label on a package, but they distinguish different product features.


Cruelty-free means that companies never tested the product on animals; hence there was no cruelty involved. Generally, companies put this if they have never tried the product or the ingredients on any animals. It is difficult to decipher, though, as there are some misconceptions about what this means.


Often, the final product has never been tested on animals, but some of the ingredients were to make sure that it would translate well to human consumption. One of the best ways to decipher if this is cruelty-free is by looking for the infamous bunny symbol, which Cruelty-Free International has created, or looking for PETA’s character.


Where Does Animal Testing Occur?


Shocking, some nations do not have any rules about testing, and they allow companies to choose to test on animals or alternative sources. According to the FDA in the United States, there is no specific requirement for testing animals. They are not required in the testing stage. Yet, some companies do flock to using this as their form of testing before production and sale.


In China, the rules are different. The country mandates that cosmetics companies must use testing on animals. This often changes how people enter the Chinese market and attract customers and comply with the market standards. Cruelty-free is a term that is not universally expected around the world in global cosmetics markets.


Where Can I Find Cruelty-Free Products?


There are many places where you can find cruelty-free products! Several websites feature lists and lists of cruelty-free items and help you find where to purchase them. Organizations such as PETA and others are beneficial, but there’s also the Cruelty-Free Kitty website that features these lists as well.


To check out updated lists of cruelty-free products, you can go to Cruelty-Free Kitty to see the most recent developments. They currently have updated information as of May of 2021. 


Finding cruelty-free products is not difficult, and you’d be helping out the animals too! With more animal activists than ever before now, people are becoming more aware of their choices and how they affect the world around them.


If you’re interested in taking the first steps to be cruelty-free, check out the resources and visit your local cosmetic store to find out which products are labeled as cruelty-free!

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