We are blessed to have so much resources in the world, down to the milk we drink and the food we eat. You could say it is a perfect world for us, but have you ever stopped to think how and what all those resources come from?
Each year, over 16 billion animals are killed for food, and their deaths aren’t really painless either. There’s a saying that goes, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” It explains the inevitable truth: animals suffer everyday. They are grown abnormally large to provide more for us, uncomfortably stored in warehouses, and even are painfully killed. But many don’t really see their side because we are the ones who benefit from all this.
Believe it or not, animals suffering for our food is not the only way they are used for harm. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), “Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in archaic product tests for cosmetics, personal-care products, household cleaning products, and even fruit juices.”
My compassion for animals has pushed me to make a change. There are people like me with a similar interest, many of which are Vegan. However I believe that there is more than one way to help these poor animals out. I plan on carrying that out by switching to cruelty free makeup. You probably didn’t know that many makeup brands are harmful to animals. It is, the guinea pigs, bunnies, and mice that could just as easily be our pets.
“You wouldn’t allow it on your pets, but you allow it on other animals just like them.” says Noelle Barclay, a student here at Saint Francis who is striving to work for PETA one day.
Makeup is a big passion of mine, and has been for the past 5 years. I see it as taking something I love and turning it into something positive and helpful. What can I do? Well, there is a number of things–I can first vow to never buy makeup that is harmful to the animals. Here are some to name a few:
- Too Faced
- Urban Decay
- Tarte Cosmetics
- Elf Cosmetics
- NYX Cosmetics
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
Other ways include speaking up for what I believe in. I will use my voice to sign petitions about how I feel and support others who feel the same way. Supporting cruelty free charities who are fighting for the cause of ending the suffering of the animals is another way. If we all come together, we can make a difference in this world. Animals have feelings just like us. They are living creatures just like us. Just imagine how we would feel if we weren’t the top of the food chain.