Paws for Thought: Looking Deeper into Animal Testing

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At this moment in time, millions of animals of all kinds are locked up in cruel laboratories, subjected to the horrors of animal experimentation. There is nothing they can do except suffer and live in fear of the people in lab coats who perform painful procedures on them.

Educating yourself about animal testing and working towards buying cruelty-free products is what you can do to help. In this podcast I will go through the brands that test on animals and the ones that don’t in order to spread awareness about the benefits of buying cruelty-free for not only the animals, but for yourself.

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This graph illustrates the types of animals that are used in experimentations. Rodents such as rats and mice dominate the chart. Data from University of British Columbia.

The website Cruelty-Free Kitty published a list of companies that use animal experimentation when testing products. This list includes:

  • L’Oreal
  • Coppertone
  • Clorox
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • TRESemme
  • Chapstick
  • MAC
  • Revlon
  • Dove
  • Old Spice

I chose just the most recognizable brands, but there are many more on the list that have poor ethics regarding animal testing.

While a lot of these brands produce household or beauty items that you may use in your everyday life, it’s easy to make the switch to buying cruelty-free. There are plenty of brands who use ethical testing for their products that you can substitute them for.

First off, I’m going to look at makeup brands that are cruelty-free. I spoke with beauty school student and makeup artist Dorothea Doukanaris who understands the importance of using cruelty-free makeup on our skin.

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Doukanaris is a student at London College of Beauty Therapy. She showcases her work on Instagram and hopes to gain a larger social media following as she advances in her career. Photo courtesy of Dorothea Doukanaris.

 

I also spoke with Southern Student and political science major Melissa Markleski, an avid animal lover who understands the importance of buying cruelty-free.

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Markleski works at a local florist and has a pet rabbit. Photo courtesy of Melissa Markleski.

I looked towards the popular platform Youtube for more information and insight on switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle. I found a beauty blogger who openly shared her struggles on the journey to be vegan and cruelty-free. She runs her page, Cosmobyhayley, with more than 350,000 subscribers and uses only makeup brands that are kind to animals.

The following brands are ones that are against animal testing and are also available in most drugstores (besides Lush, The Body Shop, and Trader Joes).

  • elf
  • Ecotools
  • Lush
  • The Body Shop
  • Toms of Maine
  • Trader Joes
  • Every Man Jack
  • Mrs. Meyers

By opting for these humane brands you are doing so many beautiful living creatures justice. Other actions you can take include signing petitions and joining organizations, which I have linked below. Getting the word out and taking little steps everyday towards a more kind and caring life on Earth is a duty I try to carry out, and hope you will choose to do as well.

Pass the Humane Cosmetics Act!

Stop L’Oreal Animal Testing

Be Cruelty-Free

About the Author: I am a sophomore at Southern Connecticut State University. I am a journalism major and look forward to pursuing a career doing what I love best: writing! I am a huge advocate for animal rights and follow a vegetarian lifestyle. I hope this podcast will get people interested in the issue of animal experimentation, and I hope at least one person challenges themselves to try buying cruelty-free products. 

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Is College Worth the Price? (Final Project)

For my final project, I focused on whether or not college is worth the price. What I mean by this, is if the high cost and loans are worth it. This question can have different meanings for different people. Going to college might be about getting a job, getting an education and learning, or even meeting new people and getting to experiencing something new. From my interviews, you can see all sides of this discussion are mentioned. I also discussed the other alternative options people have coming out of high school, and the type of payment plans available.

The Queens College, Oxford (Used in SoundCloud post, and with clickable link to source)

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Loans give some students the chance to go college, but hidden fees and interest rates make them complicated at times. (Clickable link to source)
Joining the military is a very popular decision, as it offers you many different options after completing your service. (Clickable link to source)
States with highest to lowest student loan debt.

Link to Graph Statistics (Forbes)

NY Times Article (Statistic used in podcast)

Financial Loan Source

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Vinyl vs Digital

Advancements in technology and data storage have totally redefined the way we consume media, especially music.  Still, age-old analogue formats have not only managed to stick around, but are becoming increasingly popular and relevant.

For some, it’s the desire of a physical form of music that they greatly enjoy.  For others, it’s the idea that the analogue format is closer to the true sound than its compressed digital counterpart.

This short interview explores the appeal of vinyl records to the modern consumer.

LP sales chart provided by Statisa

Further reading:

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanpassman/2017/01/12/vinyl-is-officially-booming-the-new-billion-dollar-music-business/&refURL=&referrer=#5a5e93054054]

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jan/03/record-sales-vinyl-hits-25-year-high-and-outstrips-streaming