Apparently, in the eyes of certain companies who are classified as ‘cruelty-free’, insects don’t deserve the same rights as other living creatures. I just discovered this and I am stupefied. Stupefaction hits me more and more frequently as I delve further into this research.
Yes, I have discovered a brand that is classified as cruelty-free, but uses silk in its foundation powder. If you don’t already know this, silk comes from the cocoons of silkworms. The cocoons are dipped in boiling water to kill the pupae inside, because the adult moth destroys the cocoon when it breaks out of it rendering the silk useless (to humans).
Call me crazy, but this does not cut the mustard in my world of cruelty-free.
Here is another discovery I made about a different so-called cruelty-free brand: they use crushed carmine beetles to colour some of their makeup products. Again, stupefaction (perhaps it was naive of me to assume that cruelty-free = vegetarian)!
Surely, with all the other amazing companies out there that manage to avoid insectile murder, these companies could find suitable alternatives? What is the point of going to all that trouble to steer clear of animal-tested ingredients when you still use dead creatures in your formulations? I don’t get it.
I will name and shame once I’ve done more thorough research. I just needed to voice my indignation publically! I'm using my blog as therapy! Thanks for listening.