Veganism is Greater than Food

December 18, 2016

I have mentioned before that going vegan has changed me, for the better. Not only have my eyes been opened to the horrors of factory farming and the intolerable torture animals go through on a daily basis in these places, I have become aware how much we use animals for other commodities besides meat and cheese.

Makeup, hair products, clothing, shoes…These everyday products are largely tested on or made from animals. And these animals suffer greatly to give up their fur for our own use or to make sure that our new mascara doesn’t cause infection or blindness (There are many other ways to test this without harming anyone).

And these animals suffer greatly to give up their fur for our own use or to make sure that our new mascara doesn’t cause infection or blindness (There are many other ways to test this without harming anyone).

After researching this, I took stock of my current possessions to see how I had been supporting animal cruelty over the years. Of course, my makeup drawer was full of brands who test on animals and my skin and hair care didn’t have any indication on the label that they respected the lives of animals over the money they will make by selling their products to the masses. Also, a number of clothing companies, such as Forever 21, produce their inventory by the labor of underpaid humans beings, in terrible working conditions overseas. Ugg boots are made from the wool of sheep, who are often

Also, a number of clothing companies, such as Forever 21, produce their inventory by the labor of underpaid humans beings, in terrible working conditions overseas. Ugg boots are made from the wool of sheep, who are often sheared so quickly they are severely cut and wounded, left to die. (Thank God, I have always considered Ugg boots the ugliest footwear on the planet).

 

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Veganism is about all life, not just animals. Human beings are also treated as commodities for their labor, especially in other countries. I’m sure if you check the labor of the majority of your clothing, you will see that most if not all were not produced in the United States, where labor laws are mandated (as far as we know).

Since discovering this, I have taken it upon myself to only support cruelty free companies. I am in the process of transition all my makeup, hair and skincare to all natural, vegan products. (Check out what I use for my skin and makeup routine here!) Clothing has been a bit more difficult but I am trying my hardest to not support companies that use animal skins and furs.

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To help you all out, here are some links to cruelty free and vegan companies! Comment below with some of your favorites.

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Clothing (These are popular brands that offer cruelty free products) 

Shoes 

A more extensive list can be found at Farm Sanctuary’s website, under Vegan Fashion. I will link it here!

I feel so passionately about living an entirely vegan lifestyle and living as holistically and respectfully to all life, as I can. I urge you to rethink your purchasing decisions, especially around this time of year of extensive buying. Please share this post and spread the message of animal rights, respect for the planet and love for your bodies, to everyone.

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