The perfect vegan does not exist.
The makeup brand NARS has recently come under fire for choosing to sell their products in China, which has laws regarding animal testing. It’s mandatory, and NARS are (or were) a cruelty free brand.
This caused an understandable uproar and I saw a lot of Tweets demanding a boycott andof course the Vegan Police turned up.
I know these people’s hearts are in the right place but they need to recognise that no one is perfect and that even a small start down the road to veganism or a cruelty free lifestyle is a start. I hope the controversy will raise awareness of animal testing and I hope it inspires people to start making more ethical choices when it comes to the products they buy and promote.
I’m vegan and I do my best to live a cruelty free life but I take medication. Quite a lot of medication and they will no doubt have been tested on animals. That breaks my heart but I rely on my meds, does that make me an imperfect vegan? Yes. Is that OK? Yes.
People come into contact with animal products everyday without realising, from plastic bags to the sugar in your tea. (Many plastics used in shopping bags, contain chemicals called “slip agents,” which are derived from the stearic acid in animal fat. Bone char is common and is used to make sugar white.)
Even the strictest vegan will occasionally slip up and that’s OK, a vegan lifestyle is not about being perfect. It’s also not an excuse to get on your high horse when it comes to other people and their choices. I would never push my lifestyle on anyone, it’s not my mission to convert people to veganism. It’s absolutely none of my business what you eat and it’s none of my business what brands you use.
Helping people make informed choices about the products they buy is one thing, being an asshole is another. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself and others to be the perfect vegan, just do what you can.
With all the cruelty free products that are available, there are choices you can make that can help towards living a more ethical lifestyle. From makeup to washing up liquid, there are great products that aren’t tested on animals and won’t break the bank. You just have to do a little research and start reading labels!
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