Another indispensable website is PETA’s database of companies that do participate in animal testing and those that are cruelty-free: http://search.caringconsumer.com/. Many companies that do not test on animals put a little bunny logo on the product or say so on the packaging. However, a lot of great companies that don’t participate in animal testing don’t include the logo on their products or make a point of stating it on the product so it’s always beneficial to look up specific companies and not rely solely on the package. PETA also lists which companies are vegan.
The first time I started looking up products I was shocked that I owned so many that were made by companies that test on animals. Here’s just a short look at some animal testing companies and some of their brands:
Johnson & Johnson (which includes brands like Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Lubriderm, Listerine, etc.)
Procter & Gamble (Always, Crest, Clairol, Downy, Febreze, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Iams, Ivory, Old Spice, Olay, Pampers, Pantene, Puffs, Tide)
Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer, Kaboom, Nair)
Clorox (Glad, Fresh Step, Formula 409)
Unilever (Dove, Suave, Vaseline)
L’Oreal (Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Lancome, Maybelline, Redken)
I won’t go into the gruesome and horrific details of animal testing here–please do some research if you are interested as there is a lot of information available on this subject and many articles, etc. that are much more informed than myself. It’s actually very difficult for me to even read about this subject, it just hurts my heart too much!!! So I at least make an effort to not give my money to companies who choose to participate in this unnecessary cruelty. Like they say, every time you a spend a dollar it’s like a vote that encourages the ethics (or lack there of) of a particular company.