Cruelty Free Products
The most effective way that any person can reduce animal suffering is to refuse to buy cruel products. Anyone who cares about animals should examine their lifestyle and eliminate actions and products that cause harm. See our page on Vegetarianism and Veganism. Consider also how your shopping affects animals.
There are good, cruelty-free alternatives for all these products. Personal and household products can also involve cruelty. They may be tested on animals, or they may contain slaughterhouse products such as:
You can make sure you avoid animal tested products and slaughterhouse ingredients by using the Preferred Products List, prepared by the group Choose Cruelty Free. Choose Cruelty FreeThe group called Choose Cruelty Free, based in Melbourne, surveys companies to assess whether they qualify for the Preferred Products List. The minimum standard to qualify is that the company has not done any animal testing for at least 5 years. This standard applies to:
A company has to fill out a detailed questionnaire about its products, and a declaration that the information is true, before it will be placed on the list. A company will not be included if any of its products contain ingredients:
Some of the companies on the list use slaughterhouse products such as collagen, elastin, gelatin and tallow. Companies that use NO animal products are marked with a V. Just because a company calls its products "natural" or "herbal" doesn't mean they are cruelty free - they could still be tested on animals. Also, there are some companies who claim not to test on animals but who aren't on the list. This could be because:
If you want to be sure you are buying products that haven't been tested on animals, always use the Preferred Products List when shopping. Go to Preferred Products List. If you would like to help the work of Choose Cruelty Free, you can make a donation or become a supporter for $20 a year ($10 concession).
Choose Cruelty Free
There are also businesses in Australia who specialise in cruelty-free, vegan products and foods such as www.crueltyfreeshop.com.au. Where you can shop safe in the knowledge that all of their products have cruelty-free accreditation and are 100% free from animal derived products.
The information on these Cruelty Free pages was created by Animal Liberation SA. Thanks to them for allowing us to reproduce it here.
Written by Animal Liberation