Animal Testing: Antiquated and Unnecessary

A purr when you rub their back, an enthusiastic bark as you bend down to pick up their favorite toy. The sounds our pets make to let us know they’re content all too often are not echoed by many animals subject to cruel testing of products. According to Humane Society International (HSI), more than 100 million animals are killed each year due to animal testing in laboratories. Below is a one minute clip released by PETA containing the horrific nature of this practice. Nearly impossible to watch, the video opens both the eyes and hearts of those who view it.


HSI along with other non-profit organizations, such as Cruelty Free International, and PETA are constantly working to seek justice for animals across the world and end the unnecessary and antiquated process of cruel testing once and for all, but there is still much to be done. The everyday college student can make a large impact in a small way to help with this process:

Shop cruelty free.

Although at first it may seem daunting to change every brand of beauty product you currently buy, it’s really quite simple. On the back of every cruelty free product is the symbol of a bunny, the leaping bunny. This bunny logo inures that the product is held to the highest of standards of banning animal testing. PETA and Choose Cruelty Free, an Australian based company, also make use of logos that ensure products are cruelty free.

Although there are countless cruelty free products online, there are those that can be found in local stores such as Walmart, Target and CVS. Milani, Yes To, Burt’s Bees, Renpure, elf, and wet n wild can all be found in your nearest drugstore.

Slightly higher end products such as lush, Alex and Ani, Kat Von D and bareminerals never fail to impress and can be found online.

Finding these products is made easy with the use of the Leaping Bunny website and app available for both Apple and Android. Featuring a list of companies, products, and even a bar code scanner, the app is a time saver and is unrivaled particularly when first making the transition to a cruelty free life style.

No more difficult than cutting soda out of your diet, saying no to that third slice of pizza, or starting a new workout regimen; changing the way you shop can be incredibly rewarding. Your face won’t be the only thing glowing as your heart flutters in the knowledge that you’ve made a difference and are part of the solution to end the inhumane treatment of animals.