When Logical Harmony first made the change to being an animal friendly blog, I wanted to cover both cruelty free and vegan items. While I live a vegan lifestyle and only use vegan products, I wanted to promote cruelty free items as well because I know that not everyone is ready to buy only vegan products. I’ve always felt that everyone has to start somewhere, and that it’s great to do whatever you are comfortable with. I still strongly believe this. However, the longer that I am vegan, the less that I feel I can promote non-vegan products here.
While not testing on animals is great, the fact that animals are still harmed or killed for ingredients used in these products is something that I am not okay with. The term “cruelty free” isn’t regulated and can be used to describe a product where just the finished version isn’t tested on animals. “Cruelty free” products are often far from being actually cruelty free and animal friendly. Sure I’d rather people buy items that aren’t tested on animals than ones that are tested on animals. However, in the long run, I’d rather people buy vegan products that no animals have been harmed for. This is why I’m not sure if I’m comfortable promoting products that are simply cruelty free any longer.
Vegan products are not tested on animals (in the finished form, during the production, or contain ingredients tested on animals by the company or a third-party) and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients. The most common animal ingredients are honey, beeswax, lanolin, glycerin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, silk, pearl, and gelatin. Many of these ingredients are derived from animal fat, skin, and bones. Even if they are in a product that isn’t tested on animals, the fact that an animal died for the ingredients is far from cruelty free. Vegan products are trulyÂ animal friendly and cruelty free.
A lot of truly cruelty free brands do have a lot of vegan options. However, a lot of these brands also won’t disclose which products are vegan. I do a very detailed check with companies before I promote them as cruelty free or vegan. Some brands are great about providing information and helping me find vegan options. However, not all of them are. Some brands won’t disclose if their glycerin is plant or animal based, etc. These are the brands that I’m not sure I want to support any longer.
I realize that this is idealistic and possibly unrealistic, but if I’m not at least trying to educate people on how many great vegan products are out there, how can I say that I’m trying my best to promote an animal friendly way of life? If I’m still promoting products that contain ingredients that animals were harmed or killed for, is that really promoting an animal friendly lifestyle?
What I can say is this – It’s not a true reflection of my own lifestyle. I don’t use products that have been tested on animals in any way or contain any animal ingredients. I don’t use products that have caused harm to animals, even down to kitchen items like baking soda and sugar. My bath products and cleaning products are all vegan. I don’t buy food brands that I know support animal testing or cruelty. When I have the occasional glass of wine or beer, I even make sure that it’s made with vegan alcohol. Shouldn’t Logical Harmony not only promote an animal friendly lifestyle, but also be a reflection of my own lifestyle? I know that this isn’t the lifestyle of everyone out there, but is it really a representation of an animal friendly lifestyle if it’s promoting things that I wouldn’t use myself?
This is something that I’ve been seriously debating for a long time. Being the blog to break the news about MAC No Longer Being Cruelty Free really got me thinking and evaluating the direction of Logical Harmony. Once I realized how many people are truly concerned about the treatment of animals for their products, it made me realize how much support there is out there for an animal friendly lifestyle. It was incredibly inspiring and powerful. It’s also made me think a lot more about the future of Logical Harmony on the direction that I want to take.
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