3 December 2016

Why I Don't Buy Mink Lashes.

I want to say that I am not a golden star animal activist. I simply try to minimise my animal suffering footprint on the world as much as I can.

Why should a mink should suffer (or die) for a pair of eyelashes when there are eyelashes that look just like mink lashes?


Some mink lash companies claim to be cruelty free but do nothing to actually back themself up. It's just empty words. How can you know what the mink farm used to supply to fur for the lashes is like? You can't but we can make an educated guess based on what we can find on the internet. We can also keep in mind that money often wins over animal welfare. We can make an educated assumption that cruelty free mink lashes are bullshit. You might notice that the only people that speak good of and defend mink lashes, are people selling them.

A mink won't live to be old, relaxed and happy at a mink farm. There are free range mink farms used for lash companies but i'm very iffy on them. I will take free-range, cruelty free lash companies somewhat seriously, if they provide footage of their farms/zoos and the harvesting standard. But they don't. Mink eyelash companies aren't in control of these farms. They just get their fur from them. Anything can happen behind the scenes that the company probably wouldn't like if they saw. If you google 'cruelty free mink farm', you will find no footage, nothing of these farms. Because there is no such thing as a 'cruelty free farm'.

Most mink farms are all varying levels of the word horrible. Minks are very aggressive animals that enjoy a solitary life roaming the earth. These cruelty free companies claim that the minks are brushed and so they can use the fallen hairs for their eyelashes. It sounds so clean of a process doesn't it. I think the people that brush these minks just want to get the job done.

Online videos show workers being rough with these feisty animals. If they are a poor standard farm, getting these minks back in their cages is a hard enough. You can be sure the minks get hurt or very distressed in that process alone. If the farm is really bad, you'd see dead minks in some cages. 90% of  the footage I saw made me sad. The minks are incredibly stressed or ill or dead. There are mink farms out there with good standards. But they are specifically for killing the minks.

Buying mink lashes gives mink eyelash companies incentive to continue production. You'd be supporting the mink industry. The more money there is to be made in this industry, the more mink suffering/death there will be. There's no need with the eyelash options out there! Scroll below for some bad@ss cruelty free eyelashes.

**You will know if what you're looking at are mink lashes if they say they are mink lashes 
BUT, when buying lashes on AliExpress or eBay, they might say 'natural lashes' instead of 'mink lashes'. If they say nothing, you can usually assume they are mink lashes if each individual lash looks tapered like a natural eyelash rather than a blunt cut fake eyelash. In general, please stay away from mink lashes sold from China! Animal rights there are not like in the Western world. This is a place that hold a dog eating festival...


CRUELTY FREE LASHES


KOKO LASHES
$7 US

SEPHORA- $22 CND

SEPHORA- $30 CND

ARDELL LASHES
WALMART CANADA- $5
DOLLARAMA- $2

RED CHERRY LASHES
MAKEUP GEEK- $2.79 US
RED CHERRY CANADA- $4.50 CND

COMPANY WEBSITE- $12 US

WALMART- $9 US
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