This has become a challenging experience, but one worth doing. A few weeks ago I spent almost an hour at Target looking for makeup. I came away with foundation by ELF and night cream by Elba. Last week I spent time at the makeup counter at Rite Aid but came away empty-handed.
Today after church and before the Broncos vs Patriots football game I made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s. Bingo, I came away with sunscreen, hand creme, body lotion, facial serum and general household cleaner. I bought soap by Bisous de Provence and toothpaste by Tom’s. I don’t do too well with the fragrance of lavender so I did not buy the high-efficiency laundry detergent.
Daisy Mae told me to remind you that I also bought Trader Joe’s dog biscuits. Luke, Trooper and Daisy Mae have approved the biscuits. Purchasing dog biscuits that I knew were cruelty free was an important step. Who knew that some pet food companies actually do inhumane testing? I feel horrified ever since I viewed the undercover video shot by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. Of all places, it was shot in the lab operated by the Iams Pet Food Company. Take a trip to my Facebook page to view the video: https://www.facebook.comCoddleCreekPetServices
I posted the video on January 18.
I owe much of my education regarding this topic to the Beagle Freedom Project. After viewing multiple heartwarming photos and videos of beagles entering freedom for the first time I went looking for the back story. You can learn more at their website: http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/
Hold your breath and look what is routinely done to animals in the name of research at labs. This is vivisection and if you or I did it to our dogs we would face criminal charges.
Here is my short list of what each of us can do.
- Educate yourself.
- Educate your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
- Write your Congresswoman and Senators and ask them to ban animal testing.
- Go cruelty free with your cosmetics and household cleaning products.
- Contact the companies that still test on animals and tell them what you have done and the reasons behind your actions.
- And until animal testing is banned support organizations that help former lab animals adjust to a life outside the cage.
Our goal is to have all furbabies look as happy and loved as these two.