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Your ethics affect your choice of job and skin care products, or vice versa?

How easy is it to associate ones ethical beliefs with one’s work situation? Could you work for the tobacco industry knowing that there is a super strong connection between smoking and cancer? Or a GMO seed and pesticide manufacturer? Or a major polluter of our air/rivers/sea? Can someone who is strictly vegan sell hamburgers? ETC ETC.

I am truly lucky to be able to choose a job that meets my vegan and cruelty free requirements. However, if I am committed to cruelty free skin care, it has to incorporate more than just what I put on my skin right??? Otherwise I would be a major hypocrite (like politicians), and I couldn’t live with myself nor anyone else like that. I certainly couldn’t promote something that is cruel and inhumane. So, for me, cruelty free also involves what I eat. Therefore I am visibly upset by the weekly email from Yelp that is all about San Francisco foie gras restaurants!!!!

I mentioned my horror to someone whom I thought shared my views, and was given a response “it is what it is”… WHAT? Imagine if people said that about apartheid in South Africa, or Nazi concentration camps, slavery or ISIS etc??? If everyone used this very comfortable ‘cop-out’ phrase, there would have been no women’s suffrage, no civil rights, no gay rights etc. There would be no environment to speak of. No wildlife preserves, sanctuaries and pristine landscapes etc…

NO! Inhumane force feeding of geese to make their livers painfully swollen to enable the production of foie gras is so NOT OK! It should not be what it is!!! It’s up there on my list with clubbing baby harp seals to death for their pelts, all fur products, shark finning live sharks and leaving them to drown, killing rhinos and elephants for their horn and ivory.  Just because I don’t wear fur doesn’t mean I’m OK buying non fur products from a store that sells fur products. Just because I don’t eat foie gras doesn’t mean the rest of the food at the restaurant is OK – nope – I spend not a cent at such establishments. There are plenty other restaurants out there that are ethical and worthy of support. So if you want to know which San Francisco restaurants NOT to support because of their penchant to make money out of inhumane foie gras, check out the Yelp list..and there are many others not listed…call and ask directly before you make plans… We managed to get Foie Gras banned in California in 2012, just to have the restaurant and food industry get it legally overturned last year.

On a similar ethical note,  if you want cruelty free skin care, is it OK to go with FDA approved medical treatments and products knowing they are all tested on animals? And those same medical-grade topical skin care products are all preserved with parabens (potential carcinogens) – yet non medical-grade products are prohibited from using parabens as preservatives (in CA). If you like natural products, does that automatically rule out medical-grade (non-natural) products? Is there anything really natural about a highly processed and expensive cream you’re using as a moisturizer after all? If you are concerned about the environment, then would you still use anti bacterial products (with triclosan for example) that you rinse down the drain into the water system and that have a ripple effect of environmental damage? And what about those little plastic beads in so many facial scrubs that are now being found in fish and other water animals? Seeing as no pollution generating energy is required when cool water is used… is it not a good time to start using cool water only on your face and no warm or hot water? And, by the by, that just happens to be just 1 of the 8 important things you should be doing for your skin anyway

Everything we do has a consequence, and it’s impossible to be perfect, but I urge you to start setting higher standards and help your family and friends to reset theirs. All together, we can make a difference 🙂