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HOW TO FIND OUT IF PRODUCTS ARE CRUELTY FREE AND VEGAN:
In this day and age it seems like finding vegan products would be easy. There are so many of us out there that use them!! Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. In this post by Tashina of Logical Harmony, you’ll learn some ways to verify that your favorite brands are truly animal friendly.
There’s no real regulation on the terms “vegan” or “cruelty free”.
This means that a brand can tell customers they are cruelty free, but test on animals when required by law, use ingredients that have been tested on animals, or even test on animals during the production of their items.
Brands can also claim to be vegan, but test on animals or use some animal ingredients. It’s simply a case of the vegan demographic being new to them and seeing it as marketing buzzword instead of a lifestyle.
There are certifications out there than can help! Leaping Bunny is a strict cruelty free certification that checks brands, their processes and their suppliers. The Vegan Society certification goes one step further and also ensures that no animal ingredients are used.
It’s very important to be an educated and empowered consumer. I urge everyone to always look into brands yourself. Your standard for vegan products may not be the same as your friends, a bloggers, or a brands standard. It’s surprisingly easy to research brands. You just need to know the right questions to ask and how to read their responses.
Contact the brand yourself. Because “cruelty free” and “vegan” have become marketable terms, companies are usually more than happy to answer questions you have about their products and their stance. They often have a FAQ page with a statement about animal testing or their use of animal ingredients. This is a great first step, but they are often not thorough answers. Email them and be as specific and direct as possible. Email is great because then you have their responses in writing.
Ask about their stance on animal testing. Be specific. Ask if the brand, a parent company, an affiliate company or a 3rd party tests on animals during multiple phases. I ask this about the finished product, during production, ingredients used, and their suppliers. Most vegan brands can easily address all of those and will do so specifically. If they give you an unclear response, or don’t cover all your questions, ask for clarification. Still unclear? Keep asking!
Ask about animal ingredients and animal derived ingredients. There are brands who say products are vegan, but they include honey, beeswax, silk, or other animal ingredients. Be sure to ask for a list of animal ingredients in their products.
Ask about the source of possible animal ingredients. Lots of ingredients can be plant or animal derived, such as glycerin or the bristles of a cosmetic brush. Look at a few ingredient lists and ask about specific items.
Check in from time to time. Brands change formulas of items or sometimes even change their stance on animal testing entirely. Keep yourself aware and educated by emailing these brands a couple of times a year.
When brands are unclear in any of their responses, they are not endorsed on Logical Harmony in any way. A truly vegan brand has nothing to hide and will happily answer all of your questions! Choosing to live a vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be fun and give you a whole new range of brands to buy from! Empower yourself by reaching out to brands, and enjoy the adventure of finding new options!
~Logical Harmony
http://logicalharmony.net 
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HOW TO FIND OUT IF PRODUCTS ARE CRUELTY FREE AND VEGAN:

In this day and age it seems like finding vegan products would be easy. There are so many of us out there that use them!! Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. In this post by Tashina of Logical Harmony, you’ll learn some ways to verify that your favorite brands are truly animal friendly.

There’s no real regulation on the terms “vegan” or “cruelty free”.

  • This means that a brand can tell customers they are cruelty free, but test on animals when required by law, use ingredients that have been tested on animals, or even test on animals during the production of their items.
  • Brands can also claim to be vegan, but test on animals or use some animal ingredients. It’s simply a case of the vegan demographic being new to them and seeing it as marketing buzzword instead of a lifestyle.
  • There are certifications out there than can help! Leaping Bunny is a strict cruelty free certification that checks brands, their processes and their suppliers. The Vegan Society certification goes one step further and also ensures that no animal ingredients are used.

It’s very important to be an educated and empowered consumer. I urge everyone to always look into brands yourself. Your standard for vegan products may not be the same as your friends, a bloggers, or a brands standard. It’s surprisingly easy to research brands. You just need to know the right questions to ask and how to read their responses.

Contact the brand yourself. Because “cruelty free” and “vegan” have become marketable terms, companies are usually more than happy to answer questions you have about their products and their stance. They often have a FAQ page with a statement about animal testing or their use of animal ingredients. This is a great first step, but they are often not thorough answers. Email them and be as specific and direct as possible. Email is great because then you have their responses in writing.

Ask about their stance on animal testing. Be specific. Ask if the brand, a parent company, an affiliate company or a 3rd party tests on animals during multiple phases. I ask this about the finished product, during production, ingredients used, and their suppliers. Most vegan brands can easily address all of those and will do so specifically. If they give you an unclear response, or don’t cover all your questions, ask for clarification. Still unclear? Keep asking!

Ask about animal ingredients and animal derived ingredients. There are brands who say products are vegan, but they include honey, beeswax, silk, or other animal ingredients. Be sure to ask for a list of animal ingredients in their products.

Ask about the source of possible animal ingredients. Lots of ingredients can be plant or animal derived, such as glycerin or the bristles of a cosmetic brush. Look at a few ingredient lists and ask about specific items.

Check in from time to time. Brands change formulas of items or sometimes even change their stance on animal testing entirely. Keep yourself aware and educated by emailing these brands a couple of times a year.

When brands are unclear in any of their responses, they are not endorsed on Logical Harmony in any way. A truly vegan brand has nothing to hide and will happily answer all of your questions! Choosing to live a vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be fun and give you a whole new range of brands to buy from! Empower yourself by reaching out to brands, and enjoy the adventure of finding new options!

~Logical Harmony

http://logicalharmony.net 

http://instagram.com/p/ZZhwe-miUh/

furfreela:

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like all of the fur bearing animals to know that we’re fighting for them, and we won’t stop working to protect them until fur is banned everywhere! 💜✌
~ Fur Free LA

furfreela:

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like all of the fur bearing animals to know that we’re fighting for them, and we won’t stop working to protect them until fur is banned everywhere! 💜✌

~ Fur Free LA

Monsanto + evil corporation go together hand in hand, so how did they earn their shameful reputation? 
Monsanto created a Genetically Modified (GM) variety of soy that has two main properties:
1⃣ Farmers need to buy it each season.
2⃣ It is resistant to RoundUp. (RoundUp is an herbicide made by Monsanto that kills pretty much anything.)
Monsanto has convinced farmers to use their GM seeds and then, rather than weeding, spray their crops with RoundUp. Only the GM plants survive and can be harvested much more easily than regular soy crops. In order to close the loop, they have sued every farmer that tries to reuse soy seeds claiming patent infringement. The end result is that all soy in the US is not only GM, but has been sprayed with RoundUp. Most soy is converted into vegetable oil, widely used for processed foods and and livestock feed.
Monsanto’s superweeds have become a threat to farming in the US South. Monsanto and the industry’s response is to ask farmers to spray their crops with a cocktail of potent herbicides 💨while they work on new GMO varieties that are resistant to the new stuff. You can also thank Monsanto for contributing to the ever dwindling bee population. The ultimate irony, Monsanto calls refers to their tyrannical corporation as “a sustainable agriculture company." 
Farmers are hooked into herbicide ready crops, while Monsanto is hooked on the large amounts of money created by their market. Together with other companies like ADM, they have lobbied Congress and made it impossible to add GM labeling to foods in the US. How else would #Prop37 fail and the Monsanto Protection Act pass? 
Give Monsanto the finger, EAT ORGANIC! #VegansofIG
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Monsanto + evil corporation go together hand in hand, so how did they earn their shameful reputation? 

Monsanto created a Genetically Modified (GM) variety of soy that has two main properties:

1⃣ Farmers need to buy it each season.

2⃣ It is resistant to RoundUp. (RoundUp is an herbicide made by Monsanto that kills pretty much anything.)

Monsanto has convinced farmers to use their GM seeds and then, rather than weeding, spray their crops with RoundUp. Only the GM plants survive and can be harvested much more easily than regular soy crops. In order to close the loop, they have sued every farmer that tries to reuse soy seeds claiming patent infringement. The end result is that all soy in the US is not only GM, but has been sprayed with RoundUp. Most soy is converted into vegetable oil, widely used for processed foods and and livestock feed.

Monsanto’s superweeds have become a threat to farming in the US South. Monsanto and the industry’s response is to ask farmers to spray their crops with a cocktail of potent herbicides 💨while they work on new GMO varieties that are resistant to the new stuff. You can also thank Monsanto for contributing to the ever dwindling bee population. The ultimate irony, Monsanto calls refers to their tyrannical corporation as “a sustainable agriculture company.

Farmers are hooked into herbicide ready crops, while Monsanto is hooked on the large amounts of money created by their market. Together with other companies like ADM, they have lobbied Congress and made it impossible to add GM labeling to foods in the US. How else would #Prop37 fail and the Monsanto Protection Act pass? 

Give Monsanto the finger, EAT ORGANIC! #VegansofIG

http://instagram.com/p/ZJdXK4miX1/

Yes, vegetarianism contributes to animal cruelty. Often times the animals raised for their byproducts suffer far more than animals raised for their flesh, but bashing vegetarians is not only counterproductive to the cause, it’s just flat out disrespectful. 
Despite the fact that vegetarians are supporting the egg and dairy industries, they are doing something by not eating meat. The amount of lives Meatout Monday has saved is a friggin phenomenal. I know I’ve made a joke here and there about pescatarians, but if someone is making a conscious choices to cut flesh out of their diet, you gotta applaud that shit.
So if we’re preaching “compassion” we have to start being compassionate to people too. Being respectful to vegetarians and omnivores will make them all the more likely to listen to what you have to say. Anyone can hear you, but it’s another thing to listen and actually process what someone just said. If you tick someone off, they’re not going to listen to you. Being a vegan doesn’t automatically make you a good person. I’ve met some committed vegans that do amazing things for animals, but walk ALL over people. I was once told that I’m “not a true vegan” because I missed an animal rights protest. *facepalm* 
I’m not saying don’t stand up for yourself. I’ll be the first to tell you, don’t take shit from anyone. But that doesn’t mean you have to raise your voice, just improve your argument.
Having a vegan community is great (That’s an understatement. It’s wicked awesome!) But shutting yourself off from the rest of the world isn’t so great… Sometimes that mob mentality kicks in and we forgot what we’re saying. Frankly, the vegan community cannot expect to win the hearts and minds of non-vegans by bashing the very people who are most likely to go vegan in the first place: vegetarians. 
If we want to make this world a better place, it starts with extending kindness to all creatures. I cannot stress that enough.
Kill ‘em with kindness, dammit! #VegansofIG
http://instagram.com/p/Y_h0VXmiUB/

Yes, vegetarianism contributes to animal cruelty. Often times the animals raised for their byproducts suffer far more than animals raised for their flesh, but bashing vegetarians is not only counterproductive to the cause, it’s just flat out disrespectful

Despite the fact that vegetarians are supporting the egg and dairy industries, they are doing something by not eating meat. The amount of lives Meatout Monday has saved is a friggin phenomenal. I know I’ve made a joke here and there about pescatarians, but if someone is making a conscious choices to cut flesh out of their diet, you gotta applaud that shit.

So if we’re preaching “compassion” we have to start being compassionate to people too. Being respectful to vegetarians and omnivores will make them all the more likely to listen to what you have to say. Anyone can hear you, but it’s another thing to listen and actually process what someone just said. If you tick someone off, they’re not going to listen to you. Being a vegan doesn’t automatically make you a good person. I’ve met some committed vegans that do amazing things for animals, but walk ALL over people. I was once told that I’m “not a true vegan” because I missed an animal rights protest. *facepalm

I’m not saying don’t stand up for yourself. I’ll be the first to tell you, don’t take shit from anyone. But that doesn’t mean you have to raise your voice, just improve your argument.

Having a vegan community is great (That’s an understatement. It’s wicked awesome!) But shutting yourself off from the rest of the world isn’t so great… Sometimes that mob mentality kicks in and we forgot what we’re saying. Frankly, the vegan community cannot expect to win the hearts and minds of non-vegans by bashing the very people who are most likely to go vegan in the first place: vegetarians. 

If we want to make this world a better place, it starts with extending kindness to all creatures. I cannot stress that enough.

Kill ‘em with kindness, dammit! #VegansofIG

http://instagram.com/p/Y_h0VXmiUB/

The new vegan social network BLEAT launched today! There were so many people that signed up that the site crashed. Which if you think about it, is a pretty awesome problem to have. There were THAT many vegans that wanted to connect…
Yeah, there are going to be some bugs on their first day, but doesn’t every first day have glitches? The guys who created Bleat are working on something that has the potential to really friggin awesome.
This reminds me of that Louis CK sketch “Everything Is Amazing and Nobody’s Happy.” (Click HERE to watch)
For the first seven years I was a vegan I had ZERO vegan friends. Not by choice, I just never met one. Now there’s a whole social network for us? How cool is that? The site crashed because of demand. They took the time to build a social network. You took the time to go on another social network to complain about it. Does that put it in perspective? Complaining about a slow Internet connection is the epitome of #firstworldproblems. “Ugh. Why won’t this load faster.” Again —JUST GIVE IT A SECOND!
I guess I just feel for anyone who works so hard to create something to help people, and some person (who probably couldn’t code a website if they wanted to) chimes in about how much it blows. “Ew. I don’t like the name.” Twitter is a strange name too, but now it’s a staple of communication.
If you signed up today it was because you were interested, right? And if you didn’t sign up, but just felt the need to rant online. Ask yourself why you’re being so negative. Try yoga, go for a run, or maybe you could Give it a second!
I joined BLEAT today. (Actually all three of my accounts signed up.) I will support Bleat as they continue to make upgrades to the site. That’s what the vegan community SHOULD be doing. We should support our people. ✌ #VegansofIG
http://instagram.com/p/YyuTcuGidI/

The new vegan social network BLEAT launched today! There were so many people that signed up that the site crashed. Which if you think about it, is a pretty awesome problem to have. There were THAT many vegans that wanted to connect…

Yeah, there are going to be some bugs on their first day, but doesn’t every first day have glitches? The guys who created Bleat are working on something that has the potential to really friggin awesome.

This reminds me of that Louis CK sketch “Everything Is Amazing and Nobody’s Happy.” (Click HERE to watch)

For the first seven years I was a vegan I had ZERO vegan friends. Not by choice, I just never met one. Now there’s a whole social network for us? How cool is that? The site crashed because of demand. They took the time to build a social network. You took the time to go on another social network to complain about it. Does that put it in perspective? Complaining about a slow Internet connection is the epitome of #firstworldproblems. “Ugh. Why won’t this load faster.” Again —JUST GIVE IT A SECOND!

I guess I just feel for anyone who works so hard to create something to help people, and some person (who probably couldn’t code a website if they wanted to) chimes in about how much it blows. “Ew. I don’t like the name.” Twitter is a strange name too, but now it’s a staple of communication.

If you signed up today it was because you were interested, right? And if you didn’t sign up, but just felt the need to rant online. Ask yourself why you’re being so negative. Try yoga, go for a run, or maybe you could Give it a second!

I joined BLEAT today. (Actually all three of my accounts signed up.) I will support Bleat as they continue to make upgrades to the site. That’s what the vegan community SHOULD be doing. We should support our people. ✌ #VegansofIG

http://instagram.com/p/YyuTcuGidI/

Okay! You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately. That’s because I’ve been hard at work creating a clothing and accessories line for my organization Fur Free LA. I wanted to create a fun and stylish way to promote #furfree fashion so we’re launching with a line of tee’s and tanks with our first design: Get The Fox Outta Here
Each design was tested me, not animals. ;) They’re soft, made in the USA out of eco friendly fibers, and fit your body right. I’m very happy to announce that we opened for business today! Check out our brand new site: furfreela.com 
In honor of our launch, we’re having a sale for today (April 29th) only. Use the code OPENINGDAY and you’ll receive 20% off your entire order. Our men’s and plus size styles will be available in about two weeks. If we don’t have your size/style today, email shop@furfreela.com and we’ll have send you a coupon code for 20% off when they’re in. Yes! We do ship internationally.
Any questions, concerns, or feedback don’t hesitate to contact us at  shop@furfreela.com

The Shop Fur Free LA line will enable us to continue our work in getting fur out of fashion retailers in Los Angeles and beyond! This is a whole new venture for us and we’re very happy that we can finally share it with you. Hope you like it! #VegansofIG

Okay! You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately. That’s because I’ve been hard at work creating a clothing and accessories line for my organization Fur Free LA. I wanted to create a fun and stylish way to promote #furfree fashion so we’re launching with a line of tee’s and tanks with our first design: Get The Fox Outta Here

Each design was tested me, not animals. ;) They’re soft, made in the USA out of eco friendly fibers, and fit your body right. I’m very happy to announce that we opened for business today! Check out our brand new site: furfreela.com 

In honor of our launch, we’re having a sale for today (April 29th) only. Use the code OPENINGDAY and you’ll receive 20% off your entire order. Our men’s and plus size styles will be available in about two weeks. If we don’t have your size/style today, email shop@furfreela.com and we’ll have send you a coupon code for 20% off when they’re in. Yes! We do ship internationally.

Any questions, concerns, or feedback don’t hesitate to contact us at  shop@furfreela.com


The Shop Fur Free LA line will enable us to continue our work in getting fur out of fashion retailers in Los Angeles and beyond! This is a whole new venture for us and we’re very happy that we can finally share it with you. Hope you like it! #VegansofIG

Exciting news everyone! There’s a new vegan social network called Bleat and it’s launching on May 1st! 
Bleat isn’t just a vegan social network and it’s certainly far from just a vegan directory. Simply put, it’s a whole new way to get the absolute most from your vegan lifestyle.
If you’re a vegan trying to find vegan friendly restaurants, looking for the latest recipes or just interested in meeting other vegans, all you have to do is Bleat. If you’re a vegan concerned for the rights of animals, have questions about a raw-only diet or simply perplexed about pulses just Bleat. Even if you’re a non-vegan and you’re simply contemplating the idea of a vegan lifestyle - BLEAT!◦ A vast comprehensive vegan resource◦ Interact with vegans from all across the globe◦ Advice on vegan friendly brands◦ Recipes, restaurant guides & reviews◦ Information on the welfare of animals
Visit @wearebleat’s site here: http://ble.at and check out their new promo video. Are you as excited about this as I am? Yay! #VegansofIG
http://instagram.com/p/Yg1T5ZGiTB/

Exciting news everyone! There’s a new vegan social network called Bleat and it’s launching on May 1st

Bleat isn’t just a vegan social network and it’s certainly far from just a vegan directory. Simply put, it’s a whole new way to get the absolute most from your vegan lifestyle.

If you’re a vegan trying to find vegan friendly restaurants, looking for the latest recipes or just interested in meeting other vegans, all you have to do is Bleat. If you’re a vegan concerned for the rights of animals, have questions about a raw-only diet or simply perplexed about pulses just Bleat. Even if you’re a non-vegan and you’re simply contemplating the idea of a vegan lifestyle - BLEAT!

◦ A vast comprehensive vegan resource
◦ Interact with vegans from all across the globe
◦ Advice on vegan friendly brands
◦ Recipes, restaurant guides & reviews
◦ Information on the welfare of animals

Visit @wearebleat’s site here: http://ble.at and check out their new promo video. Are you as excited about this as I am? Yay! #VegansofIG

http://instagram.com/p/Yg1T5ZGiTB/

Congrats to @kallie_fornia for winning the #GreenIsGoodVegansofIG Earth Day challenge! ♻
Kallie is a teacher in Alaska. Her goal is to teach her students how to be aware of the growing crises of pollution on our Earth. She and her students picked up trash and planted a garden. All of the bags they used to pick up trash were collected from the plastic bag recycle drive she previously hosted. Go Kallie!  #VegansofIG
http://instagram.com/p/Yghi-nGiYi/

Congrats to @kallie_fornia for winning the #GreenIsGoodVegansofIG Earth Day challenge! ♻

Kallie is a teacher in Alaska. Her goal is to teach her students how to be aware of the growing crises of pollution on our Earth. She and her students picked up trash and planted a garden. All of the bags they used to pick up trash were collected from the plastic bag recycle drive she previously hosted. Go Kallie!  #VegansofIG

http://instagram.com/p/Yghi-nGiYi/