Animal activists are characterized by one Commonality: Dogmatic devotion to their ideology.
Their mission is to convince the world that everything from raising livestock to hunting wildlife to consuming animal foods to wearing wool or leather is cruel, inhumane and deserving of the most severe condemnation.
Now you can add “using health and beauty products certified as Cruelty-Free” to the forbidden list that enlightened people eschew.
In a post on the website Ecorazzi.com, that argument was made by one Eva Lampert, a self-described lover of “vegan mac and cheese, a rabbit-fanatic and broccoli advocate who will stop at nothing in the pursuit for vegan education, animal equality, and gelatin (sic)-free marshmallows.”
Her wildly entertaining screed argued that those “smiling bunny labels” on cosmetics and beauty products promising that the item is “cruelty free” or “not tested on animals” are actually “permitting people to support animal cruelty.”
And guess who’s one of the primary culprits in this cruel deception?
Our pals at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Whoa. PETA’s the problem? Now you’ve got my full attention. Please proceed.
“There are two ways in which these identifications don’t work,” Lampert wrote. “The first and perhaps most flagrant is [that] corporations, like Lush, use animal-derived ingredients in products listed as cruelty free.”
That line of reasoning is merely an extension of the vegan theory that anything connected in any way to any animal is heinous and horrible. No matter what kind of testing is done on a beauty product — and consider for a moment: what other kind of safety testing would be acceptable to rule out potential allergenic reactions to a product’s formulation? — if it contains so much as a molecule of “animal-derived” substance, it’s verboten.
It’s no different from the fake horror ginned up by anti-GMO activists when minute traces of genetically engineered corn were found in the ingredients used to manufacture corn chips, and tons of product had to be recalled and destroyed.
In her post, Lampert lambasted the “certifications from a variety of money-hungry organizations” promoting companies that “reject this archaic testing, but end up overlooking the more egregious practice of using animals in their products.’
H-m-m-m-m . . . “money-hungry organization.” Does that ring a bell with any animal activist groups we know?
Identifying the real enemy
Lampert then referenced the Lush Awards, which “recognize [groups] like PETA for helping animals, or their sponsorship of dozens of veg-fests around the globe. The seemingly infinite good this company does allows them to continue using honey, egg, milk, beeswax and lanolin in their products because they are beneficial for the skin or hair,” she wrote.
“Am I the only one who hates the idea that the supposed leader in cruelty-free products still thinks shiny hair is more important than animal life?”
No, no, no! You’re not the only, one, and you should continue firing up all those other vegan purists who think as you do.
“When PETA gets on board with Lush, it’s like saying ‘It’s not that bad,’ just as buying cage-free eggs doesn’t help chickens [and] buying cruelty-free milk bath bars doesn’t help cows,” she wrote. “When PETA turns a blind eye to this, so do their followers. They end up supporting and paying for Lush to continue making all the evil products, as long as we can keep having ‘good ones,’ too.”
Right on, sister!
You keep on bashing those greedy, money-hungry PETA people. Keep on ripping the companies exploiting suckers who fall for their phony, cruelty-free marketing claims.
We need more righteous attackers such as yourself, who condemn PETA for who they are: A shallow, insincere bunch of opportunistic manipulators whose mission is to cash in on the passions of their deluded followers.
“Why are animal rights organizations participating in this system of exploitation?” Lampert asked. “Why are completely arbitrary cruelty free labels even in existence?”
Those are excellent questions, and I encourage you to keep hammering away at PETA and every other animal rights organization that is part of this vast, unholy conspiracy.
I won’t be sending you any cash contributions, but in every other way I fully support your message.
PETA is the enemy, and they must be stopped.
Dan Murphy is a food-industry journalist and commentator