Get Uncomfortable about Animal Rights

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I saw a photo today of a little boy sleeping with a rabbit. I thought at first how beautiful it was, and then I thought of that boy older, eating rabbit and wearing their fur on his fashionable coat. I was sad because truly the boy, and each of us, probably genuinely cares about animals – we love them even-but there is a strong and intentional disconnect so that our world can be sanitized of the reality these animals face and we can eat them and wear them without thinking about what is really happening.

We don’t know about the reality, and definitely don’t want to see it either as it would be far too uncomfortable. When you are thinking about how awful it would be to read articles and to look at the pictures and videos or watch the films put out by animal rights activists, please think about how uncomfortable the animal is when it’s leg is caught in a trap and it’s left for days so you can have their fur on your coat or on your boots, or when it is kept in a tiny cage for the few months of its life it’s allowed to live with no room to move about and no others to socialize with. Or worse, put into tiny cages with so many others that they literally kill and maim each other. Or, when it gets an infection and is not provided veterinary care, but left to rot instead. When it’s stuck in a contraption so tight it cannot move, so that a scientist can pour random solutions into its eyes to see if it’s going to cause blindness or not, or when it is forced to live in its own filth, urine and feces, until it’s put out of its misery. Think about the last days of its life spent in a truck travelling across the country in such freezing cold weather that its sides literally freeze to the sides of the truck. Think about it in equally hot weather without food or water for days on end.

Uncomfortable?

These innocent animals undergo all of this for us. And for things we do not even need. We don’t need fur, we don’t need meat and we don’t need dairy. And we don’t need animal testing for cosmetics or medicines. It’s just our culture that says so. We can change-we can grow to learn a different way of life. It’s not difficult.

Make a change. Even a small one. Protect the animals we care about. Go vegan or vegetarian. Buy products that are not tested on animals. Don’t buy fur. Fight for the animals who can’t fight for themselves.

Look at the realities that they face every day.

Get uncomfortable-they sure are.

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Cosmetics and Cleaning House

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For years, I have been buying cosmetic products that are not tested on animals (cruelty-free) – be careful here though as some labels will say that the final product has not been tested on animals but does that mean that the individual parts of the final product were not tested on animals as well?

Something else to be aware of is that products change over the years and a declaration of ‘No Animal Testing’ can suddenly disappear from the label as ingredients and laws change. That happened to me twice last year with products I’d been using for years.

Here is a great cruelty-free website with tips and product lists – look for the leaping bunny on product labels to be sure it’s cruelty-free:
http://www.leapingbunny.org/indexcus.php

Or perhaps an easier and less expensive option is to get creative and make your own cosmetic products! I made a green tea facial toner a couple of days ago by boiling green tea leaves in a cup of water then letting it cool down, putting it in a spritzer bottle and voilà! Easy peasy – great for the skin and it supposedly reduces wrinkles! Bonus! Drink some too-it’s full of antioxidants for inside and out.

You can wash your hair with honey, clean your sink with baking soda, make a face mask with avocadoes, use vinegar to remove odors.

There are so many home recipes for cosmetics and cleaning products online.

This website has lots of great tips and recipes:
http://wellnessmama.com/category/beauty/

Join me in trying to stop animal testing – small steps help. It will be a kinder choice for your skin and the earth as well.