Animal Cruelty

If there’s one thing I can dedicate my entire life doing, it would be spreading awareness to eradicate animal cruelty. Now, there are multiple ways in which we can ensure that we aren’t participating in animal cruelty. Some of these ways could be extreme for some people so I suggest we all should do something that comes naturally to us whilst not staying in our comfort zone and also aiming at contributing a little more every year.


What is animal cruelty?

Much like what the name suggests, any product, service or deed that involves torturing animals can be labelled as practicing ‘animal cruelty’.

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Ways in which we are cruel to animals-

-> Eating meat, poultry, seafood,

-> Having commercially sourced eggs,

-> Consuming dairy products,

-> Purchasing leather goods (bags, belts, shoes, etc.),

-> Using beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, moisturiser, face wash, serum, etc.) that are not certified as cruelty-free,

-> Visiting zoo, circus & animal parks, etc.

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Why are humans so mean?

The eternal optimist in me believes that humans aren’t mean, just stupid & ignorant.

Stupid because they fall prey to marketing & fake news.

Ignorant because despite of knowing that their deeds are causing harm to animals, they won’t stop.

If you even remotely like animals and choose to practice compassion a little more than normal this year, please consider making the following changes in your life.



-> Use cruelty-free products

Did you know that a huge chunk of beauty/skincare products you see on the supermarket shelves today have been tested on animals?

Earlier, most countries had a law as per which a company before launching new products had to test every single product on animals to ensure that those products aren’t causing harm to humans. Animal testing was done so that if a product is found harmful on an animal, it wouldn’t be sold to humans.

Things have changed now; only China has this law valid. This means every single brand that sells its’ products in China HAS TO TEST THEIR PRODUCTS ON ANIMALS.

Now, think for a second.

Is it fair for us captivate animals and slather products all over their skin JUST TO ENSURE that a given product is safe for humans?

With the current advancement in tech, is this THE ONLY WAY TO TEST SAFETY OF A PRODUCT?

I’m certain NOT!

Guys, just becuse we are at the top of the food chain, it doesn’t mean we have the right to do such bullshit.

The next time you purchase a product, please make sure it is cruelty-free.

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How to know if a brand is cruelty-free?

Well, if a brand is cruelty-free, it is going to market that on its packaging because that will be used as a USP. So, first, check the packaging for a stamp. Also, if a product is PETA certified, it’s safe to buy because we know how passionate PETA is!

Another BEST WAY TO FIND OUT IS by checking a product’s status on www.crueltyfreekitty.com !!! This is the BEST website to find how authentic a brand is. You can also google the brand name and see what cruelty free kitty website has to say about it.

In my opinion, one of the best brands to stick with is

The Body Shop, as it is ethical, fair-trade, cruelty-free and majorly vegan.

Now, some brands claim to be cruelty-free but aren’t which is why you must check for PETA certification or just blindly rely on crueltyfreekityy.com as it is a very ethical website run by a very compassionate & passionate diva.

For a brand to be truly cruelty-free, it has to make sure that neither the ingredients nor the end product is being tested on animals.

Check out the following pictures to get a fair idea and REMEMBER, the next time you want to know if a brand is cruelty-free or not, just google it and look for the verdict from crueltyfreekitty.com !!!

And YES, the most important thing,

if ANY BRAND SELLS ITS’ PRODUCTS IN CHINA, IT IS TESTING ITS’ PRODUCTS ON ANIMALS because it is mandatory by the Chinese government.

{So a brand has no right to claim that we test only the chinese batch of products on animals and others we don’t. That’s bullshit. Don’t buy that. }

There are many many many many cruelty-free brands available today so your options are far from limited. This is an easy shift to make so please do consider this.

As consumers, we have the power to vote with our dollars (our money). If we demand cruelty-free products, brands will have to stop testing products on animals. 🙂


-> Stop going to the zoo, circus or any other animal entertainment parks

Back in the day, when we were all little, these things weren’t as prominent as they are today. Parents took us to a circus, zoo or animal parks to introduce us to the animal kingdom and develop perhaps some form of compassion for ‘em. But little did they know what went behind the scenes in a zoo/circus/animal parks. PETA has published footages of how animals are sedated, abused and treated like shit just so that we can purchase a ticket an enjoy a show.

Is it really worth it?

Are we so shallow that for entertainment purposes, we will allow an animal to be abused?

When you go to a zoo or a circus or an animal park, the staff working there will show you (fake it) how much they love the animal but it’s far from the truth.

Animals are supposed to live in their habitat. They haven’t done anything to be held in captivity.

Imagine if you were tied with a leash and made to do stunts in public and abused each time you misbeahved?

Sounds pathetic, right?

Well, it is.

Please stop going to a zoo, it’s fucking stupid to go to a zoo to see animals. If you are so damn passionate about seeing animals, go for a safari/game drive that has ethical practices. One such ethical game drive is in South Africa; it’s called GONDWANA GAME RESERVE, read all about it here. I promise you, it will leave you inspired.


-> Stop buying leather handbags

A picture speaks a thousand words 🙁

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-> Eat only free-range, organic eggs

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The “normal” eggs that you eat are not healthy for you. They do not have the ‘ideal protein nourishment’ your dumb gym intructor is telling you about. These commercial eggs have HORMONE DISRUPTORS because the animals are made to mate in cages and kept in really horrible conditions.

How can you EVER get ANY nourishment from animal’s egg if the animal itself is being fed grains, kept in captivity and treated like shit?

Avoid eggs if possible but if that’s too difficult for you…

purchase eggs from hens that that allowed to roam freely and consume their natural food instead of commercial grains. Hens that are allowed to roam freely are labelled as “free-range” and hens that are allowed to consume their natural food such as plants & insects instead of commercial grains are labelled as “organic”. So, if you REALLY NEED TO HAVE EGGS, go for organic & free-range eggs. You can always have a tie up with your local farmer, check up on his practices if you want to consume organic, free-range eggs. If you do not have access to this, then please QUIT for the benefit of your health and for being compassionate towards animals.


-> Turn vegetarian

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I’ve spoken so much about it that I’ve now run out of words to express how important it is to turn vegetarian in today’s day and age. The meat & poultry industry is unabashedly spreading fake news like- poultry & meat is good for health because of the protein it pumps your body with. What they don’t tell you is the (filthy) way in which they raise and feed these animals. They also won’t ever tell you that everytime you feast on non-vegetarian food, you are fueling your body up with hormone disruptors that these animals are pumped with in order to increase their population and eventually the meat industry’s profit margin. So, long rant cut short, stop feasting on animals.

If you wish to do further research, please go on Netflix to watch the following documentaries-

>>What the health

>>Fork over knives

>>Cowspiracy

These documentaries are flooded with scientifically proven facts about the ugly truth behind non-vegetarian food.

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-> Quit seafood

A lot of people are fooled into believing that having fish is going to help them improve their heart health. But, at what cost? The people who tell you to eat fish for omega 3 fatty acids not telling about the mercury contamination in water bodies? Or have they conveniently forgotten to do their research before dishing out stupid advice? Folks, please do not consume fish (or any other seadfood) unless you want to poison your body with mercury. Don’t just blindly follow anyone’s advice- do your own research and ASK QUESTIONS!


-> Quit/ cut down on dairy to ultimately turn vegan

This is something we all must do but I know for a fact that it’s easier said than done. I am NOT A VEGAN so I don’t think I have the right to push you guys to turn vegan. Having said that, I have tremendous love, respect and blessings for all the vegans out there. I hope someday I will be able to put my selfish cravings for cheese, chai and ghee aside to turn vegan. Till then, I am going to stick to doing what I do best- vocalise vegetarianism, cruelty-free products and going leather-free.


Please comment below which of these are you doing at the moment and which of these would you like to incorporate in this year.


Here’s what I do

I have been a vegetarian for the past 2.5 years and I only eat organic, free-range eggs 2-3 times a month since the past two years.

I recently stopped buying leather handbags and in December 2017 decided to NEVER VISIT a zoo/circus/animal park where animals are used for entertainment purposes & kept in captivity.

I’ve also stopped purchasing products that do not claim to be cruelty-free. I’ve become quite anal among my family & friends for urging those around me to swtich to cruelty-free products too.

Today, I can say with immense pride that since I’ve been so so so vocal about vegetarianism & cruelty-free products, I have witnessed many many people around me switch to a very compassionate lifestyle. I definitely don’t take credit for their shift but I do feel I had a teeny (5% or so) role to play in their shift. I also make it a point to encourage and motivate every single person who chooses to walk on this path.

So, if YOU, reading this right now, need someone to encourage you, drop me an email and I’d guide you pro bono 😉

Here’s my email address: themavenlifestyle@gmail.com

Love & Gratitude,

Aakansha

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Rajeev Shewakramani says:

    This is such a great post Aakansha. Eye-opening and thought-provoking.
    Occupying the top spot on the food chain gives us no right to inflict cruelty on animals. I urge all your readers to start small and eliminate non-essential animal based/derived products from their lives. Every bit helps right?

    1. Aakansha says:

      Absolutely Rajeev; so glad that you are now a vegetarian and mindful of your product choices 🙂

  2. Janvi Vasandmalani says:

    Very well written and i totally agree with you one should get more conscious about it . Thank you

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks for your kind comment.
      Warm hugs & positive vibes 🙂

  3. P K Thakur says:

    Dear Akansha , Really a great , eye opener thought , I support it as my mother was follower of Dada Vaswani mission Pune . Their one of the aim is to create awareness to switch over to vegetarian society to be Meat Less .
    They observe 25th Dec . as Meat less Day . Idea behind is the same as of you .
    All the best for this Nobel thought .
    With blessing for success..

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me & leaving a comment full of positivity on this blog post. 🙂
      I am aware of Dada Vaswani’s noble thoughts & teachings 🙂 He was a thought provoking spiritual leader who influenced many souls to raise vibrations
      🙂

  4. SIMRAN says:

    Thank you Dii for this eye opening thought. I am an animal lover and can very well understand such things. I’ll make sure people around me walk on this path.

    1. Aakansha says:

      I’m really proud of you Simran.
      Warm hugs & positive vibes :-)))))

  5. Priyanka says:

    BANG ON post Aakansha!!!
    And kudos to all the effort that went behind it (Y)

    1. Aakansha says:

      Really appreciate your kind words :-))))))

  6. Tanvi says:

    I am proud to be born in a vegetarian family. I wont lie that i use to buy cosmetics for above mentioned brands but i promise will never spending a penny on them after reading this. Thank you for sharing 🙏🙏

    1. Aakansha says:

      Comments like these fuel me to get better at writing! Big hug -( )-

  7. Sony says:

    Salute to my holistic health coach for such a pure efforts of making us aware of reality….well explained….eye opener blog….tysm🙏

    1. Aakansha says:

      Big hug -( )-

  8. Ritik Gurnani says:

    Thank you so much for writing a blog on this topic, 1 blog covered everything. Really inspired to turn vegetarian and avoid animal cruelty products.

    1. Aakansha says:

      Really happy & supremely proud of you! xx

  9. Animals are in danger of cruelty and abuse at the hands of humans everyday. In 2007, the media brought to light 1,880 cases of animal cruelty. It is a staggering number and terrifying to think of so many animals suffering all over the world. Sadly, the reality is that 1880 represents only a small percentage of the grand total. Most animal cruelty goes unnoticed and unreported and it often continues with no end in sight. Dogs continue to suffer abuse at the hands of their owners, hens continue to be crammed into cages so small that they can’t spread their wings, endangered species continue to be hunted to the point of extinction, and nobody notices or takes action. Everyday, humans deny animals the same basic privileges that we expect for ourselves. These animals can feel pain and fear, joy and love, just like humans. But they don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves. They can’t band together to advocate for animal rights on their own. They can’t change the conditions they live in or the world around them. That’s where we come in.

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