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Use Your Consumer Power to Clean Up Cruelty in 2015

Monica Engebretson | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.

As China's Policy on Animal Testing Begins to Shift, Let's Honor the Companies That Have Stood by the Animals

Monica Engebretson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Monica Engebretson

As the ice begins to thaw in China on the issue of animal testing, let us not forget the companies that have held firm in their cruelty free commitment.

Actress Ashley Bell Takes a Stand Against the Horror of Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Monica Engebretson | Posted 12.31.2013 | Entertainment
Monica Engebretson

With informed compassionate consumers and incredible celebrity supporters like Ashely Bell, we can send a clear message to the cosmetics industry that horrific animal tests need to be exorcised.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 12.18.2014 | Taste
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

Cosmetics Testing on Animals in the Spotlight at Jakarta Fashion Week: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Takes Notice

Monica Engebretson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Monica Engebretson

ASEAN is the body responsible for regulating animal testing in cosmetics for countries in the region. As is the case in the United States, and many other countries, in ASEAN there are currently no regulations or laws banning animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients or the importing of those tested elsewhere.

India Joins the EU and Israel in Surpassing the US in Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Testing Policy

Monica Engebretson | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Monica Engebretson

U.S. animal advocates have become somewhat accustomed to being embarrassingly surpassed by the animal protection policies across the pond in the European Union (EU). Now it seems we'd better prepare ourselves to be eclipsed by India -- at least when it comes to cosmetics testing on animals.

Is Your Nail Polish Made Up Of Crushed Beetles?

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

One of our go-to tricks when our manicure starts to chip is to add a swipe of metallic nail polish. Not only does it conceal, but it kicks up our simp...

Kathleen Miles

Alleged Shocking Pig Abuse By Walmart Supplier

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 07.20.2012 | Los Angeles

A horrific video, taken by an investigator hired by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals, puts Walmart in the hot seat with claims that the company buy...

Humane Meat Is the Solution to What, Again?

Nil Zacharias | Posted 08.21.2011 | Home
Nil Zacharias

No one can deny that it's better to be less cruel in the ways we confine and kill animals (if we are going to kill and eat them anyway), but if we're interested in long-term change, we can't look at killing with kindness or gratitude as a solution in itself.

Veg & the City: When Compassion Is in Fashion

Victoria Moran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Victoria Moran

It's a new world out there, one with incredible vegan shoes at every price point. I could be a vegan in flip-flops, but I find fabulous boots with periwinkle cuffs a far preferable option.