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I hope you’re all having wonderful Monday’s! I’m home for the week and clearly have racked up some bad karma points with someone because it’s supposed to be rainy here all week, while back in NYC it’s going to be sunny. So, while I could’ve been working on my tan (aka BURNS) in the city, I instead am going to be eating my weight in panera mac and cheese this week while I hide from the rain. We love karma.
But, since I’m home this week and don’t have access to any products for reviews and stuff , we’re going to travel back to the early days of my blog and do an article review today. I may have graduated college like 18 million years ago, but we’re still out here critically thinking and reflecting.
About a week or so ago, maybe longer because time means nothing to me these days, I was scrolling through Twitter, and saw an article from PopSugar. Honestly, I think all my article reviews come from seeing something on PopSugar’s Twitter page. Who knew?! Anyway, I saw the article and clicked right away, because it was entitled “Why A Ban on Animal Testing Would Help the Beauty Industry” (which is the same title of this blog post if you’re keeping track, good for you).
At first glance, this article seemed like a big “No Duh” waiting to happen. Like, its 2018, consumers are becoming more responsible, and it’s proven that millenials are shopping with brands and companies that have an impact and a value proposition. However, the article touched on a much more intersting point than that.
Basically, the article talks about The Body Shop, and how when they first started their campaign against animal testing in cosmetics back in 1989, everyone thought they were crazy. Now, 30 years later, and the cruelty-free/vegan/vegitarian/informed consumer lifestyle has blown up. In fact (this is something I didn’t know), The European Union placed a ban on producing and importing companies that tested on animals back in 2013.
Since then, many countries have begun to adopt and implement their own legislature along the same lines, including Brazil, which previously had regions were animal testing was required by law. However, noticeably missing from any sort of action plans against animal testing is the United States.
While cruelty free companies have started popping up all over the country, it’s left to be a decision of the companies and production labs themselves if they want to test on animals. I guess that goes along with the whole “freedom” thing this country likes to boast about all the time, but also ties into the idea that corporations are treated as individuals in this country (learned all about that in my Busienss Law class in college, shouts out Dr. Smaw for that).
Truthfully, I don’t think the US will ever ban animal testing, especially not under this current government who already overturned certain legislation meant to protect animals. However, the article makes a great point, articuled by Jess Macneil-Brown, senior manager for the Body Shops’ CSR. Macneil-Brown states, “It’s what consumers want, and the cruelty-free cosmetic market is expected to grow by 6.1 percent in the next six years. It’s great to tell business leaders who care about trade that this is important. Because of our ban on animal testing, we have seen rapid innovation from science and technology to find cheaper, better methods.”
I mean, it makes sense. I don’t have actual figures now, but animal testing isn’t free for a company. They have to set aside monetary resources in order to pay a lab to conduct these tests, and continue to do so until they have formulated a product that doesn’t cause reactions. However, think about all the things that could be done if a company that currently tests on animals stopped and reinvested?
I know so many companies that test new products on their employees. Like, it’s an actual perk of working for that company. They come out with a new product, they give samples to the employees to test, and then they can get actual, real-life human feedback on what works and what doesn’t. It allows them to test a product FOR FREE on different samples of the greater population and then recieve feedback. Why would you spend money to test on animals, WHO CAN’T FUCKING TALK when you can use humans?! Literally mind-boggled.
Reinvesting the funds spend towards testing on animals, as seen in the case of the Body Shop, can create unique value propositions for that company, and push them ahead of their competitors. Even if it’s just spent towards creating new formulations or color pigments, something that revoluationary in a huge-ass industry can have such a large impact for a company.
I can understand that animal testing and legislation behind that may not seem so important groundbreaking for this country at this time, but for a capitalist society, the impact it would have on a multi-billion dollar industry would be monumental. It would also just make like so much easier, knowing that I can walk into any makeup store to purchase products instead of having to research things ahead of time.
Anyway, that’s enough of my rant. The original article is linked below, along with a petition started by the Body Shop, in partnership with Cruelty Free International, to call for the UN to adopt an international ban on animal testing. Let me know your thoughts and opinions below!
Until next time.
The Original Article: https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Worldwide-Ban-Animal-Testing-Beauty-Products-45063398?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=post&utm_campaign=beauty
The Body Shop Petition: https://foreveragainstanimaltesting.com/page/9140/petition/1