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Humane Cosmetics Act Introduced with Bipartisan and Industry Support

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

This week, Cruelty Free International applauded the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act along with beauty industry leaders Paul Mitchell® and The Body Shop®. The bill was introduced with strong bipartisan leadership from U.S. Representatives Martha McSally (R -AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R -NV) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA).

10 Cruelty-Free Beauty Products for Oily Skin

Deborah Stachelski | Posted 06.12.2015 | Style
Deborah Stachelski

If you are anything like me, you find yourself awkwardly googling brand names in the middle of Ulta (Walgreens, Target, Nordstrom, etc, etc), trying to make sure they don't test on animals.

Why Ending Cosmetics Testing on Animals Is a Bipartisan Issue

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Monica Engebretson

It's no secret that the U.S. has a less than stellar track record of passing animal protection legislation at the Federal level especially when compared to other countries. It's also no secret that bipartisan support is needed for any legislation to have hope of passage in the U.S. Congress.

Don't You Wish Your Make Up Was Cruelty Free?

Monica Engebretson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Monica Engebretson

Now, if a company chooses to not test its products on animals purely because it makes good business sense, I am actually fine with that. As long as animals aren't being made to suffer and killed for a new lipstick or shampoo, I'm happy.

Drea de Matteo Joins Cruelty Free International Campaign to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Monica Engebretson

Shopping cruelty free is also often a family affair, with conscientious shoppers actively looking for products that are not tested on animals for themselves as well as for their kids and companion animals.

Being Green and Cruelty-Free

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Monica Engebretson

I am campaigning with Cruelty Free International to end the use of animals in cosmetics and household product safety testing, and I find myself making the argument that caring about animals is good science and good business.

Animal Lives for Cosmetics? The Price is Wrong.

Monica Engebretson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Monica Engebretson

Like many children of the '80s, I grew up watching the show and Barker's closing message made an impression on me because, like most kids, I loved animals. But it was something else that Bob Barker did that had a profound impact on me.

9 Wildly Inventive Vegan Food Hacks

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 01.12.2015 | Taste

Vegans can have their cake and eat it, too.

Will South Korea Be the Next Country to Beat the United States in Ending Cosmetics Testing on Animals?

Monica Engebretson | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Monica Engebretson

It's quite rare to have consumers, business, animal advocates and international governments all beating the same drum, but that is exactly the situation we are increasingly finding ourselves in. Let's make 2015 the year that the U.S. starts marching to the cruelty-free cosmetics beat.

Use Your Consumer Power to Clean Up Cruelty in 2015

Monica Engebretson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Monica Engebretson

Whether we like it or not, consumerism shapes many aspects of our society. Put a little differently, the way we spend our money communicates our beliefs, values, and interests.

The Fake Stuff Makes Us Want the Real Stuff

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 02.02.2015 | Style
Evey Rosenbloom

I wonder if the wearing and promotion of the "faux," normalized the style, causing the explosive resurgence of real fur back to the center of our culture. I believe that wearing anything that looks like fur advertises the trend and encourages others to dress that way.

Gratitude Beauty: My Fave Fragrances for Gifting, Receiving, and Glowing (or, a Truffle Pig's Guide to Natural Perfumes)

Miriam Ava | Posted 01.04.2015 | Style
Miriam Ava

You shouldn't settle for anything less than what genuinely thrills you, and that includes fragrance. Whether it's personal or atmospheric, scents carry energy that can impact you powerfully.

Starbucks Customers Demand Company Switch To Eggs Laid In Less Cruel Conditions

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green

A new petition by a nonprofit animal rights group asks Starbucks to stop using eggs produced by hens that live in cramped cages. Though some of th...

What Annoys Me About Birchbox

Melanie Curtin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Style
Melanie Curtin

The most important thing to me is that my products are good and kind. I'm not OK with putting anything on my body or in my hair that involved the torture of animals. And let's be real: Torture is what happens to animals that are tested on.

Animal Welfare and Palm Oil in Products We Buy

Robert Hii | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

While it is great to see all these multinational palm oil producers making the pledge to protect forests for the sake of wild animals, how would one know at the retail level which products use palm oil from these producers?

Actress Thora Birch Calls for an End to Animal Testing in the American Beauty Industry

Monica Engebretson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

Ultimately, it is in the best interest of the American beauty industry for the United States to catch up on this issue. Harmonizing global cosmetics testing regulations would enable each product to have one safety dossier that would be universally accepted.

Beauty Buzzwords Decoded

Emilie Davidson Hoyt | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Emilie Davidson Hoyt

I wanted to address frequently asked questions about common ingredients and environmental terms, so you can feel confident in choosing the best beauty products for your lifestyle.

Brazil to End Most Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Monica Engebretson | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

Cruelty Free International launched our Brazil office and campaign for a ban on cruel animal tests for cosmetics and toiletries just nine months ago. And after a whirlwind campaign, the Congress last night voted that most cosmetics tests must now be carried out without the use of animals.

This Small Business Went From Scented Candles To A Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.02.2014 | Small Business

A Portland-based couple won this year's National Small Business People of the Year Award for their vegan and cruelty-free beauty line. The couple join...

Switched at Birth Star Vanessa Marano Wants You to Switch to Cruelty-free Cosmetics

Monica Engebretson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

In the last 20 years many cosmetics companies have reduced or eliminated their use of animals for cosmetics testing in favor of modern non-animal alternatives. The trick is finding the ones that have eliminated all animal testing.

Will California Continue to be a National Leader in the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Debate?

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Monica Engebretson

With SJR 22, California can continue to be a leader in ensuring that modern humane alternative tests are at the heart of ensuring US consumers' safety.

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the EU Ban On Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Monica Engebretson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

This month, Cruelty Free International celebrated the one year anniversary of the historic complete ban on marketing of animal-tested cosmetics in all...

The Blackfish Effect: How Animal Rights Advocates Are Winning

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Never preachy, the film simply lays bare the facts and lets viewers interpret them. It's the same strategy that animal rights organizations have used for years: Give people the information, and let them decide. And it's working.

Actors From TV's Hottest Shows Want You to Go Cruelty Free in 2014

Monica Engebretson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Monica Engebretson

As it turns out, the actor who plays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage, has a tender spot in his heart for animals and he wants you to consider making a New Year resolution to do your part to end cosmetics testing on animals.

Ho, Ho -- Oh, No! Before You Finish Your Holiday Shopping, Read This

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

You can still buy Sis the sweater and Mom that new purse without getting a lump of coal from Santa for supporting cruelty to animals. Whether you're looking for the latest trends or timeless pieces that are always in style, here's how to do it.