March 8, 2013
Buffalo Exchange Wants You to Be Cruelty-Free
Earth Day Dollar Day Sale to fund campaign to end needless animal testing
When it comes to making smart buys on stylish fashion, the resale store Buffalo Exchange is an expert.
Now, Buffalo Exchange is joining with The Humane Society of the United States to inspire consumers to make smart and compassionate buying decisions when it comes to cosmetics and personal care products.
During Buffalo Exchange's Earth Day Dollar Day Sale on Saturday April 20, all proceeds from the sale of items offered for one dollar at your local Buffalo Exchange store will benefit The HSUS's "Be Cruelty-Free" campaign, which encourages consumers to buy cosmetics and personal care products from companies that don't test finished products or ingredients on animals.
Pascaline Clerc, The HSUS's senior director for Animal Research issues, notes, "Some companies still test cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients on bunnies and other animals, causing suffering and even death. In the United States, such testing is not required by law and is unnecessary."
On Saturday, April 20, all $1 sale items sold at your local Buffalo Exchange store will benefit the Be Cruelty-Free campaign.
Clerc added that companies that want to make sure their cosmetic products and ingredients are safe for people and the planet should follow the lead of cruelty-free cosmetic companies and use the thousands of ingredients that have either already been tested or have a long history of safe use. For newly developed cosmetics or ingredients which have not been previously tested, companies have access to more than 40 non-animal tests which have been validated for use. These modern alternatives offer results that are more relevant to humans, more efficient, and more cost-effective. Advanced non-animal tests represent the very latest techniques that science has to offer, replacing outdated animal tests that were developed decades ago.
The HSUS believes that testing cosmetics on animals is both unethical and unnecessary. The Be Cruelty-Free campaign seeks to end cosmetics testing on animals forever and is a global campaign led by The HSUS in the U.S. and Humane Society International and its partners in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, and New Zealand.
The campaign is building relationships with scientists, the government, and the industry to work toward a time when consumers will be able to buy cosmetics and personal care products anywhere in the world, assured that they are both safe to use and not tested on animals. The HSUS is also part of The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, an association of eight national animal protection groups which maintains the "Leaping Bunny" list of cosmetic and household product companies that have adopted the most rigorous standards for being cruelty-free.
How you can help
Shop: On Saturday, April 20, visit your nearest Buffalo Exchange store. All sale items sold for $1 will benefit The HSUS's Be Cruelty-Free Campaign.
Sign: Sign our pledge in support of an end to cosmetics testing on animals.
Ask: Want to know if your favorite cosmetic or personal care brand is cruelty-free? If the company is not on the Leaping Bunny list, call the toll-free number on the package, or contact the company through their website, and ask if products or ingredients are tested on animals at any stage in the manufacturing process. You should also ask if the company sells their products in China, a country that requires animal testing of cosmetics.
Contact: If your favorite brand does test on animals, contact them to let them know that you, as a consumer, want them to stop testing on animals and to use non-animal alternative methods for testing safety, which are often more reliable at predicting safety anyway.
Connect: Like our Facebook page; then share with everyone you know!
Share: Download Buffalo Exchange's "5 Things You Can Do" card and spread the word among family, friends, coworkers and classmates.
Learn: For more information on being cruelty-free, check out our fact sheet and animal-friendly shopping tips.