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Cruelty Free, and No Animal Testing Does Not Mean Animal Ingredients-Free
An important point is that there is no law that requires that animal testing be used to confirm that cosmetics and household products are safe to use.
Many of the products that you find in major supermarkets and department stores are tested on animals and contain animal ingredients. Also just because a product is sold in a health food store does not mean that it is cruelty free or free of artificial, harmful ingredients. Also many companies list a product as not tested on animals but the individual ingredient have been tested on animal, but of course they do not tell you that.
Also some natural companies are subsidiaries of major companies that see nothing wrong with animal testing and actively engage in it. Because a product is listed as being Vegan does not mean that it has not been tested on animals. Vegan is a term that is used to indicate that no the product does not contain any animal derived ingredients (including milk or wool).
Just because companies says their products are Cruelty-Free and that they do not test their products or purchase their ingredients from companies that do test on animals does not even in the slightest guarantee that they are actually Cruelty-Free. The reason for this is that the products may contain animal-derived ingredients which causes animals to die. Of course the fact that a company does not test on animals is a good thing.
CCIC Cosmetic & Body Care Companies List That Don't Test on Animals
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (http://www.leapingbunny.org) has a list of companies that make cosmetics, personal care and household products who have signed an agreement that they will not engage in Animal Testing of their products or purchase ingredients from companies that engage in Animal Testing.
You can view and print out for free their handy Compassionate Shopping Guide at (http://www.leapingbunny.org/pdf/ccicguide_full.pdf). Companies that have agreed to the conditions of the CCIC can display their "leaping bunny" on their products.
Formed in 1996, CCIC is comprised of these leading national animal protection groups:
Vegan Action's List of Certified Vegan Products
Vegan Action (http://www.vegan.org/index.html) issues a Certified Logo for products (mainly food items) that have proven to them that they are totally Vegan and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients and do not engage in animal testing. You can find a list of the companies that use their logo http://www.vegan.org/campaigns/certification/company_list/index.html
PETA List of Companies That Don't Test On Animals
PETA has compiled an excellent list of companies and charities that do not test their products on animals. They also have a list of companies and charities that do test on animals. http://www.animalsavingsclub.com/
The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) (http://www.aavs.org)
have a list of companies that do not test on animal Click Here to see their list.
CORRECTION: In the previous newsletter I incorrectly stated that Smuckers Brown Cow and Knudsen Juices were owned by incorrect companies. Actually Brown Cow is owned by Stonyfield & Partially owned by Danone and Knudsen is owned by Smuckers. Sorry for this mistake.
Also please note that changes of ownership is not necessarily a bad thing, but I am mainly pointing it out to indicate that even the most well-meaning company may suddenly change its policies because of change of ownership.
I talked to the former owner of Fantastic Foods who helps compile the cheese site listed below and he told me that the new owners of Fantastic Foods also have the highest standard of vegetarian integrity as he has.
Major Natural Products Vegetarian Companies Acquired by Major Multi-National Companies
Two major makers of cruelty-free products �the Body Shop and Tom's of Maine � have been acquired by major multination companies. The Body Shop was purchased by L'Oreal and Tom's of Maine was purchased by Colgate. Colgate is one company that has shown little regard whether their products are animal-free so you definitely would want to look at how these companies develop in the future.
Both of these companies have pledged to keep up their policies of not using animal-testing
and that their products will remain cruelty-free.
Tom's of Maine's products do not contain any animal ingredients and do not contain artificial
preservatives, sweeteners or dyes.
Vegetarian & Animal Ingredients in Soaps in USA
Please note that in the near future we will be publishing a list of many soaps that are totally free of animal ingredients.
Soap That Contain Beef Tallow
St. Ives soaps
Does Not Use Animal Products
Toothpaste Ingredients that Contain and Do Not Contain Animal Ingredients
Crest says they will be going to use glycerin from a vegetarian source in the future, which means that it
is made from animal ingredient right now.
Colgate has a list of the toothpastes that they make which are vegetarian. Click Here to view the letter from Colgate listing the toothpaste product they produce made with vegetarian ingredients. Letter from Colgate
All Colgate Toothbrushes are free of any animal-derived ingredient. It is a good idea to be very careful of supposed natural bristle toothbrush and natural often means they use the hair of pigs and boars.
Kraft Cheese and the Official Letter They Send Out About Their Cheeses
After I sent out the last newsletter, a strict vegetarian wrote me to point out that she had received a letter from Kraft stating that most of the rennet that they used in their cheeses came from a vegetarian source and they mentioned some of the cheeses that they manufactured which the rennet was derived from a meat sources and some that the rennet was derived from a vegetarian source. I was requested to state this in my next newsletter so that vegetarian eating Kraft Cheese would not feel bad eating other cheeses than the ones that I listed in the newsletter that I sent out as acceptable. VIEW READER'S LETTER.
I then wrote Kraft to get the same letter that she had received which if not carefully read would indicate that most of the cheeses they produced did not contain any meat ingredients. VIEW LETTER.
I then called Kraft and talked to a company representative and directly asked, "which of the cheese products that you make can you guarantee me do not contain any animal products." I was then told on the phone that only the cheeses that they listed in the letter as vegetarian were guaranteed to be vegetarian and that they would not guarantee any other cheeses because even though many of the cheeses would usually use a vegetarian rennet that this was not always so and therefore they could not guarantee that the cheeses were vegetarian.
Also the enzymes used to make cheese is not the only non-vegetarian items that can be put in cheese as other substances are often added to give cheese a particular favor and color, which are derived from a meat-based source.
I have talked to many companies over the years as I am sure many readers of this newsletter have and have often been given answers that were difficult to understand exactly what was being said and after repeating my standard question "Does this product contain any meat, fish or egg products?" Regardless of what they say unless it is yes or no, I repeat the question that this is a YES or NO question . "Can you guarantee that this products does not contain any meat byproducts, Yes or No?" They may say "Most of our products are vegetarian." I then answer yes I know you said that, but is the product that I am asking you about free of any animal products, Yes or No?"
Vegetarian Cheese List (http://cheese.joyousliving.com)
his is a highly recommended site to check out vegetarian cheeses. They have a list of vegetarian cheeses by brand and type of cheese. They clearly list which cheeses by brand contain animal rennet and which do not. It is updated regularly. The people who do this site are really nice, spiritual people.
European E-Numbers to be careful of
E-Numbers Food Additives
These Ingredient are Vegetarian
May be Derived from Either a Vegetarian or Animal Source
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