The most effective thing we can all do to end the use of animals in product testing is to be informed consumers and speak out to make sure our dollars don’t go to support animal testing.

As of March 2013, the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals has been banned throughout the European Union. The ban applies to all products manufactured anywhere in the world, so companies that test products on animals can no longer market their products within the EU.

Such changes have come about by harnessing the power of consumer opposition. A recent poll showed that 67% of Americans are opposed to the use of product testing on animal, and 70% of women think it should be illegal. (Feb. 2013, conducted by Lake Research Partners).

Be an informed, compassionate consumer and vow to support only products that have not been tested on animals.

You can find detailed listings of cruelty-free companies at the following websites:

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics maintains a database of companies that follow the Coalition’s stringent requirements. All products are labeled with the CCIC’s “leaping bunny” logo.

These sites carry only CCIC-certified products;

Be an outspoken consumer – Use companies’ customer relations emails, phone numbers, and social networking pages to tell companies that you care deeply about this issue and it will strongly influence your buying. Use your own social networking pages to spread the word about companies that do (and don’t) test products on animals.

If your favorite products are still being tested on animals, contact the company and tell them you’re disappointed and won’t be buying their products anymore. Tell them you won’t buy until they adopt a non-animal testing policy.

Please use your voice. Animals can’t speak out, but you can!