animal testing is evil.

this video from peta has been sitting in my inbox for days because i’ve been too afraid to watch it. i just now worked up the courage, but only made it about ten seconds in before i felt sick to my stomach and like i would cry. it’s very coincidental that just a little while ago, my boyfriend sent me an article about kelly slater’s new line of clothing, in which the legendary surfer talks about the idea of global citizenship as it relates to his new line of clothing, outerknown. of utmost concern to slater is fair conditions for the workers producing his goods, as well as transparency to consumers about how what they are spending their hard-earned money on is being made. in today’s age of outsourcing, the goods we buy could be produced anywhere, by anyone, under any conditions. and unfortunately, unless we care enough to do the research, we more often than not won’t know anything about the manufacturing process- its effect on the environment, the workers’ conditions and wages, etc.

i wish i could call myself a conscious consumer (i am when it comes to food, but that’s about it). alas, i rarely think about where the clothing, accessories, housewares, etc. i buy are coming from (most likely because i’m a bargain shopper, and bargain often connotes cheaply made and made for cheap). i’ve heard about how bleak conditions in sweatshops overseas are, but this vague knowledge is easy to ignore when it’s so far-removed. what i’ve though even less about is animal testing. it’s not until fairly recently that brands started claiming “cruelty free” on their products, and before then it hadn’t even occurred to my naive, animal-loving mind that this was even an issue. i mean, why would greedy, soulless, massive corporations mercilessly test their products on innocent animals for the sake of profit? (note sarcasm). yet the practice of animal testing is far more common than i ever imagined. according to an astounding 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year. and that’s just in our great country. this is such a sobering statistic. my desire to be vegan-ish was borne of a concern for the welfare of animals; i’ll have to adapt my consumer habits to follow suit. from now on, i’m pledging to buy cruelty free to the best of my ability. my conscious won’t rest otherwise.

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