I am in no way an “Animal Activist” – at least, not a militant one. I don’t throw eggs at coachloads of posh people attending Hunt Balls (although I used to). I don’t raid laboratories in the misguided idea of setting the animals loose in the wild (along with who-knows-what nasty man-made bacteria) where they would be completely unable to fend for themselves; I don’t throw myself in front of hounds and foxes during hunts, as I don’t believe that dying is going to aid any cause – you need to be alive to support whatever it is you’re fighting for or against!
I am a “Passive Activist”. I sign petitions; I refuse to wear fur; I buy cosmetics that have not been animal tested (LUSH is the only place I’ll buy my shampoo); I will not allow meat or eggs over the threshold if it isn’t stamped “Free Range” and I ferret out those who claim to respect their livestock but don’t (for instance, I haven’t purchased Happy Eggs since an undercover reporter recorded horrific conditions and chickens with rotting and diseased feet) – and I do my best to get the word out. This would extend to dairy, but being lactose intolerant means that I am not a consumer and know very little about how the animals are treated.
If animals are to be my eventual food and clothing, I want to know that they have recieved the respect in life that I give to them in death – my honour and my thanks (I’m Wiccan after all; that’s a huge part of my religion).
Imagine my surprise and distress, then, when I discovered this morning that AVON have reintroduced animal testing in order to corner the Chinese market.
This means that I unwittingly agreed to the suffering and death of an innocent creature on my wedding day, because I was wearing Avon makeup. I rarely wear makeup, and when I do I am always careful as to the products I purchase and use. Avon have been claiming no animal testing for twenty years – which is why I use their products and was even one of their “Avon Ladies” for some years.
The news came from PETA, who I usually take with a very large pinch of rock salt because they blow everything out of proportion and even verge on the insane (Sea Kittens? Please; a fish is a fish), but curious bloggers have unearthed proof HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
In future I shall be looking out for products from URBAN DECAY, who have changed their minds about entering the Chinese market on the principal of wishing to remain cruelty free.
PETA have more information on more companies and a petition if you care to follow the link. I am personally targetting Avon because I have used their products exclusively for many years, and also I was duped into selling cruelty free products, which weren’t.