Even in these respects, man does not shy away from abusing animals for the production of articles. A vegan way of life also means to avoid what can be avoided. And, especially in the fields of cosmetics, clothing and household wares, it is no big problem to avoid products containing components of animal origin and which were tested in cruel and senseless animal experiments. You will not find the least difference in the functionality of products – no matter if they were made with or without animal components.
So why choose sheep's wool if you can have cotton? Why use a fabric softener with surfactants of animal origin if you can just as well use one with vegetal surfactants?
We do not need any furs either, nor leather, nor wool from sheep or angora rabbits. Similarly, we can do without creams and soaps made of pig fat.
All this may appear complicated at the beginning, but there are enough interesting websites containing information about purely vegan.
The clothing industry is a domain where it is usual to torment animals. Animals are kept in the narrowest of cages for the simple purpose of stripping off their skin in the end – partly when they are still alive – to produce furs and leather.
Jackets with a fur collar seem to be in vogue again. Not long ago the media reported that around 70% of the furs that were labelled to be synthetic came from animals. For the mass production of animal furs in China is cheaper than the making of synthetic furs. And the use of dogs and cats for this purpose is frequent in China.
This scandal was revealed by PETA in a very shocking way: http://investigations.peta.org/china-dog-leather/
Some people in Western countries may be shocked that dogs and cats are eaten in Asia but they may unwittingly wear a piece of clothing made from them around their necks.
Wearing leather and furs makes less sense still than eating animals. It is just a further saddening example of how humans torment creatures that are weaker than themselves for the sheer sake of profit.
With clothing it is comparatively easy to avoid products of animal origin. In most cases you can tell by looking at the label. We should do without products made with synthetic fur or leather anyway if we want to protect nature and animals.
It is more difficult to lead a 100% vegan way of life in the fields of cosmetics and personal hygiene. Some companies follow the principle of not using animal components and experiments on animals. The easiest way to identify such products is to find the label ‘vegan’ on the package.
If you want to make sure, simply ask a shop assistant or do some Internet research. As especially young women tend to be vegan, the offer is really big now and you can find many products if you take some time for searching. Here is a very good website to start with:
In this area, animal experiments or the use of animal components are frequent, too.
Naturally, there are also lists of products that can be used without hesitation.
In many cases, the animal components of these articles are by-products of slaughtering, which means at least that animals do not have to suffer directly for their production.
Yet for decades experiments on animals have been used to test these products, which applies especially to the pharmaceutical industry. These experiments often make animals suffer terribly. The animals concerned are frequently the very animals that we like to keep as pets: rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice, but also dogs and cats.
Here is a video that reveals in a cautious, yet impressive way that those animal experiments are of no real use:
Unfortunately one would be wrong to believe that animal experiments are only carried out to test if the respective drug that is meant for subsequent human use does any harm to animals. Yet, in many cases the tests are made to find out the critical doses of the components. For example drops of them are put into the “guinea pigs’” eyes to find out when they become blind or likewise, creams are applied until the animals’ furs or skins are burnt away. Another instance is that components are given in high concentrations as to find out about their by-effects and when they cause death.
Thus we should always mind if the products we buy are vegan and free from animal experiments.