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10 March 1999 Issue

How To Shop For Non-Animal Tested Products

It is easy to find and purchase cosmetics, personal care items, and household cleaning products of all types that are not tested on animals. Non-tested animal products are readily available in local health food stores, beauty supplies, and other specialty stores. Increasingly, these consumer products can also be found in major department stores and even in supermarkets.

When shopping for non-animal tested products, there are three things you should be concerned about:

*Is the finished product tested on animals? *Are the different ingredients found in the finished product tested on animals? *Does the product contain ingredients / by products derived from animals?

It is important to make sure that the products you buy meet all three criteria. Some companies will claim to be "cruelty free" because they don't test the final product they manufacture on animals. But some of these very companies purchase ingredients from suppliers who do test them on animals. It is important to find out whether or not the manufacturer has a policy in place requiring non-animal tested ingredients from its suppliers. If no such policy exists, you should refrain from buying their products while making sure you let them know why.

But remember, if the label reads "not tested on animals," "no animal testing," or "cruelty free," it doesn't always mean that the ingredients in the product were not tested on animals. However, if the label does not specify "not tested on animals," "no animal testing," or "cruelty free," then chances are that the product and/or its ingredients are tested on animals. Besides, even if they weren't, you do not want to buy products from a company that feels compelled to hide the fact that its products are not tested on animals.

 

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