Animal testing is torture. It’s hard to believe that many household and personal care products are still tested on animals. Some are even tested on household pets that we hold so near and dear.
Nearly 65,000 dogs, most of whom are beagles are subjected to torture at the hands of U.S. laboratories each year. They’re kept in tiny, cold cages where many of them never see the light of day. Research can involve electrical shocks, radiation, burns, surgeries or mutilations. Animal testing is real; a cruelty that still goes on regularly. But a new smartphone app is making boycotting products that cause animal cruelty that much easier.
Few of us would choose to support companies that tested on animals. It’s just that not all products are clearly labeled. But with the Cruelty-Cutter app you can scan the barcode of a product in a store instead of having to check online. Australian model and animal activist Catherine McNeil has become the new face of Cruelty-Cutter. The app was developed by the Beagle Freedom Project.
Scan a product and then share the results with friends on social media. Stay up-to-date on animal welfare issues by joining the app’s Cruelty-Free community. Stand up to animal testing with knowledge and refuse to support companies that still participate is this disgusting practice.
Don’t be fooled by companies that were once cruelty-free. The world of multinational companies means you could be sending your money to animal testers without even knowing it. According to Cruelty-Cutter:
The Body Shop which was once considered a forerunner in working against animal testing is now owned by L’oreal, an experimenter on animals. Likewise, the popular Tom’s of Maine product line is now owned by Colgate-Palmolive. The list continues with Johnson and Johnson which owns Aveeno, Clorox owns Burt’s Bees and Estee Lauder owns Aveda, Origins and MAC Cosmetics. These once cruelty-free brands have become a source of considerable profit for these larger companies.
Download the Cruelty-Cutter app.
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