Welcome, shoppers! By
purchasing only cruelty-free products, you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea
pigs, rats, and other animals from excruciating tests and a lifetime of
suffering. But how do you know which companies and products are cruelty-free? PETA’s
Caring Consumer program is the ultimate resource for conscientious shoppers, making
the hunt for cruelty-free products as easy as vegan pie. With our online searchable database, you can search by
company name or product type to learn which products are cruelty-free.

And when you’re out
shopping, look for our Caring Consumer bunny logo—products proudly displaying
this logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals. Here are
just a few companies that have licensed the Caring Consumer bunny logo:

Animal Testing

Hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in
outdated product tests for cosmetics, personal-care products, household
cleaning products, and even fruit juices. Although more than 1,100 companies have banned all
animal tests forever, some corporations still force substances into animals’
stomachs and drip chemicals into rabbits’ eyes. These tests are not required by
law, and they often produce inaccurate or misleading results—even if a product
has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you.

Alternatives to
Animal Testing

Fortunately, scientists have developed sophisticated product tests that are faster,
cheaper, and far more accurate than blinding and poisoning tests, which were
developed in the 1920s. Human cell cultures and tissue studies (in vitro tests) and artificial human
“skin” and “eyes” mimic the body’s natural properties, and
a number of computer virtual organs serve as accurate models of human body
parts.

What You Can Do

  • Please vow never to buy products from companies
    that use animals. It’s easy—just check out our lists of companies that do and
    that don’t test on animals. You can even show your commitment by signing our Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free!
  • Remember to support only compassionate charities when you write
    that end-of-the-year check! Some health charities ask for donations to help people with diseases and
    disabilities yet spend the money to bankroll horrific experiments on dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, primates, hamsters, pigs, ferrets, frogs, fish, guinea pigs, sheep, birds, and
    other animals. Instead of ravaging animals’ bodies for cures for human
    diseases, compassionate charities focus their research where the best hope of treatment
    lies: with humans. They understand that we can improve treatments through
    up-to-date, non-animal methods, and they fund only non-animal research, leading
    to real progress in the prevention and treatment of disease.
  • Order PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide and learn how to support cruelty-free companies, charities,
    and colleges. You will also receive a monthly e-newsletter, links to valuable
    online coupons, special offers from cruelty-free companies, free stickers, and our
    pocket guides for cruelty-free living. Please allow six to 10 weeks for
    delivery.
  • Download our “Be
    Nice to Bunnies
    ” iPhone application
    !

How Companies Can
Join PETA’s Caring Consumer Program

Let consumers know that your company does not test its
products on animals by having
your company’s name added to our cruelty-free list(s)
. Please
contact CaringConsumer@peta.org
to request the application materials to join our program. Once your company is certified as cruelty-free, you will
even be able to license PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo!

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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