Letter to the editor: Consider cruelty-free options when doing your holiday shopping

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday upon us, I know a lot of us will be spending significant dollars on purchases for friends, family and ourselves. Please consider your vegan and cruelty-free options when doing your holiday shopping, this year.

Even now, in 2023, American consumers would be shocked by how many multinational corporations still actively participate in animal testing internationally, from Neutrogena to Victoria’s Secret. These are choices made by parent companies of brands that try to market themselves locally to buyers as “ethical“ and “enlightened“ options. 

Always try to “Shop Small” and “Shop Local” to lessen the amount of animal and human suffering in your products’ global supply chain. One of our greatest impacts on the Earth is in how we chose to spend our dollars. A homemade soap being made by an artisan in Edmonds (like a lavender bar from Pelindaba Lavender Farm) with ingredients that he or she personally vetted is much less likely to subsidize animal cruelty and forced/child labor than a Unilever product that contains a deceptively-named palm oil derivative.

Here are some convenient apps you can keep on your phone to scan items by their barcodes in stores and keep animal torture and mutilation out of your shopping cart. In my opinion, animal testing is a dealbreaker, and I hope you agree that kindness is the best product you can gift this holiday season.



Jenna Nand

  1. All my gifts are cruelty free because I don’t give any because the ability to buy any gifts depends on wealth or debt i just can’t afford due to rising city, county, state, and federal taxes plus inflation. I guess jenna what I am trying to say is giving is a first world thing than many of us are no longer part of. Happy holidays. Oh and don’t worry about the soap cause who can afford to shower with the high water and sewer rates. Looking forward to next holiday seasons tax increases ho ho ho. Do you know anyone that might be directly responsible for passing the increased holiday killing taxes? Could it be someone that promotes purchasing expensive products? I know I am being harsh but we don’t all live in fantasy land. The way it is going some of us might have to start hunting the exploding bunny population just to keep food on the table. Food for thought?

  2. Thank you Jenna for bringing awareness to this subject. Most people are completely unaware and would feel terrible if they new where their money was going, now they’ll know to look for the leaping bunny hopefully!

  3. Thank you, Jenna, for bringing this to our attention and for the useful apps to help us shop more consciously.

  4. Thank you, Jenna, for providing your thoughts and information on shopping cruelty free this season. Small steps, choosing one new product at a time, is the beginning to a positive, compassionate lifestyle change. And as you said, ‘kindness is the best product you can gift this holiday season.’

  5. “ I put it to you, if God had not wanted them shorn, he would not have made them sheep.” ( Mexican bandit Calvera in the 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven ). I am four square with him on this subject.

  6. Jim,
    Thank you for your highly entertaining, but SPOT ON comment. My husband and I and our families have, for years, stopped exchanging Christmas gifts, not because we can’t afford it, but because we refuse to participate in the practice of frenzied consumption that occurs during this time of year. Luckily, we can still afford to take showers, but with soap bought from Costco when it goes on sale.

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