Is cruelty free really not tested on animals?

We are all aware of the cute little bunny image behind our shampoo, face wash, and other products, feeling so joyous that our items were not made through the torture that goes into testing on animals. But did you know that isn’t exactly true? According to leapingbunny.org  “Designation as “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals,” or even the image of a bunny on a label may only refer to the finished product, when in fact, most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level.” Meaning they use the term cruelty free loosely saying we don’t test on animals with our finished product, but other companies they are contracted to for the ingredients might do so. The FDA claims that “Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.” In other words, unless you do your homework on a company, or listed on the ever growing leaping bunny program where they do background checks as well as suppliers checks on companies, you might not be receiving entirely cruelty free. 

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