I'm reading the book "Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the way we treat animal" by Karen Dawn... which is fantastic... but I'm just finishing the chapter on animal laboratory testing and was looking through my products to see how many of mine say whether or not they've been tested on. Most say No Animal Testing but a couple say Cruelty Free... so I'm wondering if it's the same thing or if Cruelty Free is an attempt to pacify customers by saying they passed the government standard for animal care? anyone know?
It is actually more likely that the "no animal testing" would be pacifying customers than a cruelty free label. Most, if not all, cruelty free labels I have encountered are products that have no animal testing involved (at all) and no animal ingredients involved. Some products can still say "no animal testing" even if their parent company tests on animals, or if they use animal products.
There is currently no standard for what passes as "cruelty free", so it's best to look up the company's website first and search for their detailed account of what they mean.
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