Monday, 20 February 2012
During the gruelling research for Living Cruelty Free, the thing that has annoyed me the most is the double standards some countries have. Two-faced, I call them.
is the only country in the world that makes testing cosmetics on animals compulsory if they will be sold in that country. It’s for this reason that The Body Shop doesn’t have stores in China . China
Read on to find out what I’m talking about -
It’s illegal to test cosmetics on animals in
Australia, but that doesn’t mean cosmetics that are on sale in are not tested on animals. Companies are allowed to sell cosmetics there even if they are tested on animals elsewhere. Australia
Many cosmetics companies throughout the world get past animal testing bans by having their products tested on animals in other countries, often
. Labour in China is cheap and animals have no real protection. China
The production of Foie gras is banned in the UK, but the import of this so called delicacy that involves the force-feeding of ducks and geese until their livers get to up to ten time their natural size, isn’t banned.
Fur farms are banned in the
, but the sale of fur isn’t. UK
When you buy leather you usually have no way of knowing what animal it comes from. It could come from a cow, a snake or even a dog or cat. Other products have to be labelled, so why not leather?
Most people are unaware that most of the goose down and duck down that is used in mattresses, comforters, pillows and cushions comes the live plucking of birds who are stripped of their feathers whilst they are alive. Most products don’t state whether the feathers and down came from birds that were already dead or ones who were plucked whilst still alive.
Sneaky companies get round people objecting to fur by having real fur in garments and labelling it as ‘fake fur’ or ‘faux fur.’
Free-range eggs mean different things depending on what country you are in. For instance in the
, birds can have access to a few minutes of daylight and still lay eggs that are called free-range. USA
Isn’t it time that countries got consistent? For instance there should be a world-wide definition of free-range and if fur farms are banned in the
so too should fur? UK
And that’s how veggiegirl2011 sees it.