Living a cruelty-free lifestyle means your food, clothing, entertainment, toiletries, and cosmetics contain no animal-derived ingredients and were not tested on animals.  Maintaining a cruelty-free lifestyle requires one to stay aware and updated on business practices of all brands, even those that were once trusted to not conduct cruel animal tests.

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As a petition on Care2 states, the popular cosmetics brand NARS, which was once applauded for being cruelty-free, is now conducting animal tests in order to sell their products in China. As the petition explains, China requires cosmetics sold in the country to be tested on animals, and rather than standing up for the core belief of the brand and refusing to follow such a cruel law, NARS has caved in for the sake of profit. As the petition says, consumers who once trusted NARS to be cruelty-free now feel duped into supporting a brand that does not live up to what they market themselves as.

Animals used in cosmetics testing are covered in various chemicals to see the reaction of their skin and bodies. Animals suffer for several consecutive weeks with burning skin and eyes as lab testers take notes. Many animals get dangerous infections and become blind, and many tragically die as a direct result of these tests. It is estimated 170,000 rabbits die in U.S. laboratories each year, and rabbits are not the only ones. Due to their small size and passive nature, other rodents like mice, guinea pigs, and rats are also tortured and killed because of animal testing.

If you cannot stand seeing animals suffer in the name of cosmetics, please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to NARS letting them know you no longer support the brand because of their choice to conduct animal tests. Rather than falling prey to greed, NARS should withhold the integrity of the brand and refuse to sell in China until their laws no longer require animal testing.

Public opinion has the power to create change, so please share this with your friends and family to help spread the word about the truth behind cosmetics and animal testing.

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There are many brands who are cruelty-free. Check the labels of products for the official “Cruelty-Free” logo with the rabbit, and check out this list for examples of cruelty-free cosmetics.

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Image source: MishaShiyanov/Shutterstock

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