What Does Cruelty Free Mean and Why Should You Buy Cruelty Free Products?
While many people are familiar with product labels certifying Organic or Non-GMOs, there is another important product certification for conscientious shoppers to be aware of: Cruelty-free. Cruelty-free is a term used to label a product that is made without causing harm or death to animals. This designation also includes products that have not been tested on animals in medical environments or laboratories, since this is also a very harmful and painful practice that is forced upon millions of animals yearly.
The expression “cruelty-free” is not a new one and started gaining widespread recognition in the late 1950s with the international movement against killing animals for fur coats and their use in laboratories responsible for testing cosmetics and beauty products.
Many brands sell cruelty-free products, and you will find these most often in the areas of health and wellness products, cosmetics, cleaners, clothing and fashion accessories, and candles. International animal rights groups such as PETA, Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, and Cruelty Free International provide free lists of cruelty-free products as well as products and brands that should be boycotted because of their treatment of animals. Brands and businesses with a true commitment to cruelty free have their products certified by Leaping Bunny; the only third-party certification for cruelty free products internationally. Products meeting their rigorous cruelty free certification standards are allowed to display the Leaping Bunny logo on their product labels and websites.
Many different kinds of people choose to buy cruelty free products for many different reasons. Here are a few reasons why buying cruelty free is a good idea for you, for animals, and the environment.
One of the most popular reasons for buying cruelty free products is a concern for animal rights. Supporters of animal rights believe that animals should not be considered as property or used by human beings for clothing, food, medical research, or entertainment and that their suffering should be given the same attention as that of human suffering.
Another reason for choosing cruelty free products over conventionally produced ones is the topic of animal welfare. Closely related to animal rights, animal welfare is concerned with both an animal’s physical and psychological well-being during its lifetime. People with a commitment to animal welfare want to know the living conditions of those animals that are killed for food, the manner in which animals are used in scientific research, the laws and rights afforded to those animals that are kept as pets or for breeding, and preserving endangered animal species.
A more recent reason for purchasing cruelty free items is the popular practice of ethical consumerism where consumers choose to vote with their dollars and support companies and brands that align with their environmental beliefs. People who are ethical consumers make a conscious decision to boycott products that do not meet their moral and ethical standards regardless of pricing or availability. Ethical consumers often are concerned with corporate social responsibility, sustainability, environmental impact, and animal rights and practices.
Additionally, those who practice veganism, both dietary vegans and ethical vegans, abstain from incorporating animal products in their diet and lifestyle choices. Cruelty free labeling plays an important part for vegans in selecting products that align with their practices and beliefs.
At Living Eden we love animals for all the joy and wonder they bring to our world. Carrying cruelty free products is important to us as we believe no animal should ever have to suffer or be harmed for the benefit of another. The products available at Living Eden and through our online store aim to provide shoppers with high-quality cruelty free alternatives that are delicious, beautiful, and safe to introduce into your home and family environment.