Hi! My name is Kelly, and I am a working mom in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. I live with my husband, our son, dog Bailey (a crazy beagle), cat Tiger, and horse Scout. Well, Scout lives at a barn nearby.
You may not know it, but beagles are the number one breed used in laboratory testing. Why? Because they are docile, eager to please humans, and very loving. Basically you can do anything to them and they won’t turn aggressive. I was devastated when I came across this information. Especially as the testing is usually for cosmetics and personal care products – how disgusting that we allow this to happen.
As an animal lover (and rescue beagle owner!), I decided to try to switch all of my household products over to cruelty-free options. I found this easier said than done in Canada. Where do you start? I started online, of course, as most people do when researching anything. There is some information available for the U.S., basically nothing for Canada.
I’ve had to do my own research and sampling of products to find what works as well as the products I’ve used my entire life, and don’t cost a crazy amount!
Trust me, buying cruelty-free is easier and cheaper than you think. And the great part is, it usually goes hand-in-hand with natural and locally made products – bonus!
I am still searching for some replacement products and hope to help others who are having trouble making this change. As more and more consumers choose to live a cruelty-free life, I hope we can end cruel and unnecessary animal testing for good!