The Non-Human Rights Project

Hey. Hi. Hello!

The calendar says it’s Monday, so that’s what we’re going to go with. I’ve recently been stuck in a loop where I feel like everyday is Saturday, but I guess that’s going to happen when you’re working on a non-traditional schedule.

On one of these recent “Saturdays,” I came across a tweet from Hourglass that peaked my curiosity (see below). Hourglass is a luxury cosmetics brand that also happens to be cruelty free. However, if this recent tweet is anything to go off of, Hourglass is now joining the ranks of companies like The Body Shop and Lush in that they are becoming vocal proponants for those without voices aka THE ANIMALS.


Now, before seeing this tweet I was familiar with other organizations that were working towards ending animal testing, fighting child labor laws, etc. etc. However, I’ll admit that I had never heard of the non-human rights project. Naturally, I was interested, so I clicked the link and found this:

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THERE IS SO MUCH TO UNPACK HERE, so let’s start at the top.

  1. Hourglass has pledged to become one of the first 100% vegan, cruelty free brands on the market by 2020. Great pledge, I can get behind that 1000%. It’s a tricky battle being cruelty free with cosmetics, because you’ll still have dissent from people saying “but is it vegan if it contains…” etc. etc. etc. You can’t please everyone, and sometimes you just have to pick one battle to fight at a time. Hopefully, this encourages other companies to pledge the same as well.
  2. There’s a documentary called Unlocking the Cage that MUST be watched. I don’t have a lot of downtime these days, but I’m going to MAKE the time to watch this documentary because I want to learn more. It’s available for streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go ( Hopefully you know a homie who can let you borrow their password to watch
  3. They’re going to donate 1% of all profits from every purchase towards this organization. Sure, that doesn’t sound like a lot, but their companies revenue is estimated at aroun 20 million, so that’s a sizeable amount to do some damage for this organization. Plus, they just helped bring attention to it for their THOUSANDS of follows!

I was curious as to what this organization was, so I went to their website to do some digging. Animals don’t have voices, they can’t speak, and not many can communicate with us. Already, they’re at an obvious disadvantage in society. But, it really gets you thinking as to what sorts of “legal rights” this organization is looking to fight for.

On their website, they list out five objectives, which are:

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From their objectives, it’s obvious what they’re fighting for. They’re fighting for the right for animals, or at least the four species’ listed above, to be considered legal bodies. That means no more testing on, trapping of, or harming any of these species, their habitats, and the resources they need to prosper. Do these objectives extend to any other species at this time? I have no idea, but like I said before, you gotta pick one battle to fight at a time.

I hit upon this in my last post, but humans are killing natural resources with reckless abandon. We’re putting the wants, needs, and desires of ourselves and our kind over those of the animals because we view ourselves as superior. Are we? Well, I’m sure we’d like to think that, but does that make it right? No, it’s heartbreaking quite frankly.

Apart from their objectives, they talk through their approach to how they’re going about this fight, and it’s quite worth the read through. Oh yeah, and did I mention that JANE GOODALL is a board member for this organization? Honestly what an angel.

So, in conclusion, this organization kicks ass. Huge shouts to Hourglass for their committment and for introducing me to this. Next steps include watching the documentary, doing more reading, and purchasing a boatload of hourglass products!

Until next time.




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