Organic advocates spend numerous hours reading and trying to understand the various organic “identifications” and “certifications”. However, have you ever thought about what “Cruelty-Free” or “Not tested on animals” really means? What about the different “bunny” logos on products? Are “Vegan” identified products ALWAYS cruelty-free? The answer could surprise you!
Let’s get one thing straight. If the products you are using have GMO, Chemicals, Synthetics or conventionally grown food-grade ingredients, it is EXTREMELY LIKELY that it WAS tested on animals at one point or another. If the product itself wasn’t tested on animals, one or many of its ingredients may have been.
GMO = Tested on animals! Yes, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) have been subject to several studies, most of which were done on various types of animals. Many studies are ongoing and hundreds (if not thousands) of animals will suffer this year alone, in the war against GMO.
Chemicals and Synthetics Ingredients = Tested on animals! Before chemicals can be used in products made for human use or consumption, they are most likely tested on animals. Companies that choose to use chemicals and synthetic ingredients in their products, are encouraging and supporting animal testing. Oh… and if they weren’t tested on animals, guess who the guinea pig is?
Pesticides used on conventionally grown food-grade ingredients = Tested on animals! Did you know pesticides used on food HAVE to be tested on animals from 90 days to 1 year before being sprayed on crops for human consumption? What’s the animal of choice? Mostly cute little 6 month-old Beagles. They are the canine of choice since they are docile. After being fed the toxic pesticides most of their very short lives, the soft, gentle and docile creatures are killed (sorry for being so graphic… humans can be extremely inhumane!). Then, they are dissected to inspect the damage pesticides have done to their internal organs. Luckily, we can count on the organic industry to guide us in the right direction.
What about the “Bunny” logos?
The Leaping Bunny is the most popular logo for cruelty-free products. While researching the meaning behind the program’s logo, I was stunned to read: “The Company does not and shall not purchase any Ingredient, formulation, or product from any Third Party Manufacturer or Supplier that conducted, Commissioned, or had been party to Animal Testing on said Ingredient, formulation, or product after the COMPANY’S FIXED CUT-OFF DATE.”
That’s right! They are only guaranteed cruelty-free “After the Company’s fixed cut-off date”. Am I the only one who feels betrayed by this statement? (find the whole program’s agreement here: http://www.leapingbunny.org/about/the-standard )
“The supplier affirms by fulfilling this order that it does not conduct or commission animal testing of any cosmetics and/or household products, including without limitation, ingredients or formulations of such products, supplied to [relevant entity] after [Company’s Fixed Cut-off Date].”
Note: Companies are not required to obtain Declarations of Raw Material Compliance from suppliers of Natural Agricultural Ingredients.
While researching “cruelty-free”, “Vegan” and “not tested on animals” logos, I came to a conclusion that most of them are nothing but a marketing tactic. The regulations and quality control for the use of most of these logos are often extremely flexible to non-existent. If you want to learn more about cruelty-free logos, I added a quick link I particularly found interesting http://elephant-room.org/cruelty-free-vegan-labels-logos/
You REALLY want to use a cruelty-free product but you don’t know where to start? I would suggest finding a good Organic to food-standards product, COMPLETELY FREE of fillers, toxins and chemicals. Products claiming to be “Vegan” or “Cruelty-Free” using man-made chemicals, are more than likely allowed to use the cruelty-free logo because of the “Fixed cut-off date”. Don’t be fooled by the fine print!
WHERE DOES MIESSENCE STAND in all of this?
Non-cruelty to animals (article from Miessence, ONE Group – issue March 2016)
In this day and age, there is simply no reason to condone cruelty to animals. None. At Miessence, we do not test any of our ingredients or products on animals, nor do our suppliers. In fact, we actually test our products on ourselves before sending them out to the public.
Despite this, we don’t carry the Animal Cruelty Free logo. Why is this?
The simple answer is because we believe it is misleading.
Certified organic means that only ingredients allowed in organic foods are allowed in the product. These are the only ingredients we use in our products, and they most certainly do not require, nor are subjected to, animal testing. The ingredients in our products are, literally, good enough to eat.
The Animal Cruelty Free logo indicates that none of a company’s products or product ingredients have been tested on animals by the company, anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf them within a period of five years immediately preceding the date of application for accreditation.
This is despite the fact that ALL chemicals have been tested on animals at some time in the past. Any chemical ingredient used in cosmetics, by law, must have been tested on animals at some point.
Remember, our ingredients are all food-based ingredients, so animal testing is not something we need to do or ever will do. We have chosen not to carry this symbol as we do not use any cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals in the past or will ever be tested on animals in the future.
Here’s Narelle explaining Miessence view on Animal Cruelty Free