Everybody loves their beauty products, but for many animal lovers it’s important to make sure they’re coming from the right place.
Unethical product testing on animals has long been an issue in the beauty industry, and companies are frequently challenged by animal rights groups to make their products cruelty-free.
Now, the popular beauty store Sephora has announced they are making a big change: they will no longer be selling mink eyelashes after backlash regarding fur farms.
The company will now only sell synthetic and faux-mink eyelashes. The decision comes after a campaign from PETA, who argued that Sephora was supporting cruel fur farms with their mink lashes.
“Mink fur typically comes from fur farms, where stressed minks frantically pace and circle endlessly inside cramped wire cages and many suffer from infections or broken or malformed legs,” PETA writes.
“Some minks even self-mutilate as a result of the intensive confinement, gnawing on their own legs or tails. At the end of their miserable lives, they’re gassed or electrocuted or their necks are broken.”
They also took issue with Sephora claiming their lashes were “cruelty free.”
But the animal rights group celebrated after Sephora announced they were reversing course and ending the sales, joining other beauty brands who have also halted sales.
“There’s no difference between a mink coat and mink eyelashes when it comes to animal suffering,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said.
“PETA is celebrating Sephora’s decision to join Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, and the scores of other brands that know that there’s nothing beautiful about stealing an animal’s fur.”
We agree with Sephora’s decision — the lives and wellbeing of innocent animals is more important than any beauty product!
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