• Rina Ferguson Harvey

Vegan? Cruelty-free?

We finally entered an age where a lot of us really cares what we put not only into our body, but on it as well! But now we have the question: What is Vegan, anyways? And if something is cruelty-free, isn’t that also Vegan?

From the Vegan Society’s website, the definition of veganism “is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” Conversely, though, Merriam-Webster has cruelty-free listed as “developed or produced without inhumane testing on animals”.

The difference between the two can be confusing to many. The difference is in the details. If an item says that they are cruelty-free, it simply means that the product isn’t tested on animals. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the ingredients used in the product are cruelty- free. There are also a few certifications a company can get, that ensure their product is cruelty-free from inception to production. Anytime you see a Leaping Bunny logo, for instance, you know you are buying 100% cruelty-free.

Unfortunately, though, this doesn’t mean that there are no animal byproducts in the ingredients list. There are plenty of animal byproducts that are used in cruelty-free beauty products. For instance, many people love lanolin and honey; but these are animal byproducts, so they are not vegan.


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