Have you ever been asked that question before ? Could you identify them if you saw them ?
We live in a world where animal testing still continues on a daily basis but for many of us this is an unacceptable practice so we share our disapproval with the one thing these big companies will listen to and that’s MONEY. I like many billions more people are against animal testing so we seek out and buy only product that are cruelty free.
We have all seen on the bottles we pick and buy the ‘Cruelty-free’ or ‘Not tested on animals’ claims next to an array of bunny logos but can we honestly trust these claims or are they just lies. Now I’m not saying all companies are lying that aren’t affiliated with an official organisation but many sadly do. These companies tell the consumer half-truths like that the final product is cruelty free but wont tell you that the ingredients aren’t or that classic line ‘We only test our products were required by law” Its confusing and frustrating so what can we do ?
Well the good news is that there is a ray of light here. There are 3 bunny logos you can trust, if they say it’s cruelty free then you know it is.
These three organisation check, that each company is to their cruelty-free standard before they will get their certification and from what I’ve read it’s not that easy to get on those lists, and before you think that it will limit who you can buy from you will be amazed by just how many companies on these lists like Neals Yard Remedies, Marks and Spencer’s own products and even Superdrug’s own products. Take a look there are so many great brands that you will be spoilt for choice.
- Leaping Bunny Compassionate Shopping Guide
- Leaping Bunny Phone App – Cruelty Free
- PETA’s Cruelty-Free Company Search
- PETA’s Phone App – Bunny Free
- Choose Cruelty- Free List
- Choose Cruelty-Free Phone App
Heres’s a little FYI, Did you know that not all companies that are certified cruelty-free by either Leaping Bunny or PETA display the bunny logo of the organisation they were certified by on their products ? No neither did I for a long time and it confused me when the online list said one thing and the packaging said nothing at all. Now this isn’t anything iffy it’s just that each company has to pay an extra fee if they want to be able to display the cruelty free logo on the packaging. Surprisingly it actually turns out that roughly less than half of the companies found on Leaping Bunny and PETA’s lists don’t sport the bunny logo. So I really would suggest you check out the databases and familiarise yourself with the companies on each lists or even download the apps to you phone so you always have them handy.
What do these three bunnies stand for
Each organisation has their own set of criteria that a prospective brand has to stand by. Below I have made a chart highlighting each companies criteria. Remember that all the organisations have the same goal which is for a company to be cruelty free. This is just to give you a little more info into what a company has to do or not do to get that certification.
Remember each organisation has done fantastic thing for the rights off animals so please don’t look at the organisations by what they don’t do compared to another, it’s what they have done and are doing that matters.
PETA’s Bunny Logos
Now my lovely bunny lovers I’m not trying to confuse you here but I thought it would be a good idea to talk about PETA’s logos. As you can see below they have several bunnies.
The first bunny is PETA’s original logo, which told the world that the product it was on was certified cruelty free.
The second bunny came about a few years later, this bunny is to identify not only cruelty free products but one’s that are also vegan friendly. Which meant not only shows the product isn’t tested on animals but it also dosen’t contain animal by products such as Milk, Honey & Beeswax. For those who don’t know much about veganism, Vegans don’t eat meat or anything that comes from an animal or is created by an animal as they see it as animal exploitation.
The last two bunnies together are their new images and are the “Beauty without Bunnies” logo. It means the same as the original bunny but it’s just a new updated look. Companies can either use the original logos or the new logo on their products, so keep an eye out for both.
Why not drop me a line or two and tell me which cruelty-free companies you like the most or even hate, I’d love to know what you think ?
Lots of Love Berry xx