How do I know if it’s cruelty-free?

Pretty much all of the household products we use daily – everything from “personal care” products (cosmetics, toiletries) to cleaning products – are tested on animals. How do you know which companies test on animals and which ones don’t?

If you want to live a cruelty-free life, the first thing you need to get used to is reading packaging. A general rule of thumb is this: if a product doesn’t state on the package “cruelty-free” or “no animal testing”, the company quite probably does test on animals. You can find a list of companies that do/don’t test on Peta’s website, but most Canadian companies aren’t listed. Also, Peta can be a controversial organization, and some companies, even though they ARE cruelty-free, choose not to be associated with it.

Another thing you can do is check out a company’s website. The animal testing question usually comes up in the FAQ section. It’s a bad sign if no mention of testing can be found.

If in doubt – ask! I regularly email and call companies to ask them specifically whether or not they are cruelty-free if I have been unable to find the answer on my own. I generally have an answer within 24 hours.

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