Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cruelty free consumerism

Most Wiccans are careful about how they contribute to the environment, but remember 'Do as ye will but harm ye none' which extends into more than the way we treat other people.

I found this site many years ago when I was 16 and vegan.  Now I'm vegetarian and wear non-leather shoes from Veganwares and always keep an eye on the products that we keep in our home to make sure that they haven't been tested on animals.  You will become used to checking products to see whether they are owned by particular large organisations that spread their products across consumables like pasta and moisturiser.



Animal testing was made legal after one woman died in the 1930s after using a mascara which made her blind and eventually killed her from a severe infection.  Since then, animal testing is legal to avoid another case occuring again.  The only way we can affect this is by boycotting particular companies who refuse to change the way they operate.

Some companies find themselves on the list and are contacted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which has contributed to positive change where some companies slowly merge animal testing out of their procedures.

All kinds of bizarre tests are taken out which are ludicrous because they (a) Prove nothing and (b) They do not have an anotomical structure that resembles a human's in any way - so why test when the subjects have such different bodies and hence different responses to products?

From this link you can either search for particular companies that DON'T test or companies that DO test on animals.  Below that you can get a downloadable PDF or Word document for each kind of company if you want to hand it to anyone.  Support those companies that do not test on animals and you will be actively contributing to positive change.

I couldn't upload the video here and choose to keep it separate because it is very disturbing - so you are warned!  This still happens within society today and there is something you can do about it.

Watch the PETA video here and pass it onto friends with a warning of its contents to spread awareness about the campaign.

Blessed Be,
)O( Elspeth

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