Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Know what's in your perfume....

civetI am currently conducting some research into solid perfumes and as most of my products contain ingredients that are either grown in or come from Africa I naturally was thinking: musk. NO, no, and no!
Did you know that civets, the main "suppliers" of musk, are kept under absolutely horrendous conditions in very small cages were they can't move or defend themselves from army ants that tend to crawl all over the civets and suffocate them by blocking their airways? Civets are now under threat from extinction and the WSPA has stepped in to highlight their plight.

Yes, I know: yet another case of abhorrend animal cruelty for the sake of earning a few dollars - 6.1 millon dollars per year to be precise. The civet farming industry is mainly based in Ethiopia and it is a major source of income for this impoverished nation. However, the WSPA stance is that animals should be kept in humane conditions and with adequate space and light, especially if it is a wild animal that was taken captive with the sole aim to provide an income for the farmer. I couldn't agree more with this. I acknowledge that people need an income and they only deliver what we, the western nations, want. However this is a wild animal and not a domesticated one and it therefore doesn't belong to "farm".

So, next time you buy your favourite perfume, read the label and make sure it doesn't contain "civet"...

You can read the whole story here: http://www.profumo.it/internet-documents/zibetto/suffering.htm#

There are also some good news on the WSPA website and they make for very heart warming reading in case you were wondering if there is anything good still left in mankind....

Cebra - ethical skin care | cruelty free and vegan friendly

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