Vegan and Cruelty Free Trademark Logos

The Difference Between Vegan And Cruelty Free Products

FAQ

  1. Is it possible to be cruelty free but not be vegan?
    Yes
  2. Is it possible to be vegan but not be cruelty free?
    Yes
  3. What are animal byproducts?
    Any part of the animal aside from the carcass. These products are typically left over parts of the animal that are not used in meat processing plants and are harvested for a variety of uses in other industries.
  4. Is there really any harm to animals when they are not killed and only used for things like wool, milk, honey etc?
    Yes. Workers are often paid by the weight of wool not by the hour, so some work fast cutting the sheep and not tending to their wounds. Sheep are often left in pain and get infections. Dairy cows are repetitively impregnated through artificial insemination so that they continue to produce milk. This causes a hormone imbalance and strain on their bodies. Their calves are also stripped from them at birth and are often either killed for veal or sent to beef lots. Lastly, queen bees often have their wings ripped off so that they cannot leave the colony and and can be inseminated against her will. These are only a few examples the many non-kill types of abuse that take place in order to obtain byproducts. 

Definitions

Cruelty Free
A cruelty free product is an item that is not tested on animals and uses alternative testing methods such as in-vitro testing, computer modelling, human-patient simulators, or human volunteer testing etc. Please also keep in mind that although a product has not been tested on animals that does not necessarily mean that it does not contain any animal derived ingredients or byproducts.

Vegan
A vegan product is an item that is created without the use of animal derived ingredients or byproducts such as skin, animal fat, fur, bones, hooves, horns, fluid secretions, or wax etc. Please also keep in mind that although a product does not contain any animal derived ingredients or byproducts that does not necessarily mean that it was not tested on animals.

With this in mind, the only way to truly be certain that no animals were harmed in the making or testing of a product that you plan to purchase as a compassionate consumer is by ensuring that it is both vegan and cruelty free. 

Easy to Remember Diagram

Vegan vs Cruelty Free Diagram

Trademark Images & Meanings

There are a number of organizations that offer trademark logos that companies can register to use on their packaging to help market themselves as ethical and animal friendly. These trademark logos are meant to help consumers more easily identify which products are safe to use, and to serve as peace of mind that the companies using them have gone through processes to show their commitment to these practices. 

However, each organization has it’s own set of standards and requirements for application so it is critical to know which values are important to you and what each logo means so that you can make the most informed decision on the brands you choose to support as a consumer. Below you find a breakdown of the most popular trademark logos along with a brief description of what their certification means. 

Logos more Commonly Seen On Beauty and Household items

Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free Logo

Leaping Bunny Trademark 
♥ Cruelty Free (No animal testing)
✘ That does not mean that this product is vegan and free of animal ingredients
• Certified by Cruelty Free International or Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) after making a pledge that they do not conduct or commission animal testing, do not use any ingredients that were tested on animals, and agree to audits.

Choose The Cruelty Free Rabbit Logo

Not Tested on Animals Rabbit Trademark
♥ Cruelty free
(no animal testing)
✘ Vegan (the use of honey, beeswax, lanolin and milk products are allowed).
• Certified by Choose Cruelty Free after signing a licensing agreement verifying that the company is cruelty free, has not tested on animals within the last five years, will not for the next 5 years, and that they will not sell in markets that require animal testing such as mainland China. 

New PETA Cruelty Free Logo
Beauty Without Bunnies - Cruelty Free Logo

Beauty Without Bunnies Trademark
♥ Cruelty free (no animal testing)
✘ That does not mean that this product is vegan and free of animal ingredients
• Certified by PETA after providing a statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any animal tests anywhere in the world and pledge not to do so in the future.
•  New logo on top. Old logo that may still circulating on bottom.

Cruelty Free and Vegan Logo by Beauty Without Bunnies - PETA

Beauty Without Bunnies Trademark 
♥ Cruelty free (no animal testing)
♥ Vegan (free of animal ingredients)
• Certified by PETA after providing a statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any animal tests anywhere in the world and pledge not to do so in the future, and that their products do not contain any animal derived ingredients. 
•  New logo on top. Old logo that may still be circulating on bottom.

Logos more commonly Seen on Produce

Certified Vegan Trademark
♥ Cruelty free (no animal testing)
♥ Vegan (free of animal ingredients)
• Certified by the Vegan Awareness Foundation after providing
 verification that no animal products or testing is used in the manufacturing of ingredients, and that appropriate steps are taken to minimize cross contamination where machinery is also used for the production of non-vegan products. 

Vegan Trademark 
♥ Cruelty free (no animal testing)
♥ Vegan (free of animal ingredients)
• Certified by The Vegan Society after providing verification that no animal ingredients or testing is used, and agreeing to audits for products at high-risk of cross contamination where machinery is also used for the production of non-vegan products. 

Vegitarian Society Logo for Vegitarian but non vegan products

Vegetarian Trademark 
♥  Cruelty free (no animal testing)
✘ Vegan (the use of free range eggs is allowed)
• Certified by The Vegetarian Society after submitting ingredient lists and verifying that there is no cross contamination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items during production.

Vegan Trademark 
♥ Cruelty free (no animal testing) 
♥ Vegan (free of animal ingredients) 
• Certified by The Vegetarian Society after submitting ingredient lists and verifying that there is no cross contamination of vegan and non-vegan items during production. 

Common Animal Ingredients

There is often an annual fee required in order to register and use the common cruelty free and vegan trademark logos listed above, so it is important to note that some companies may be cruelty free or vegan even though they do not have a specific logo to advertise it. This is where knowing your ingredients comes in handy. Trademark logos definitely make these products easier to identify as there are many names animal derived ingredients and byproducts can be listed under. However, with practice and the ability to check ingredients online getting familiar with ingredients is possible. 

Below I have included a list of the most common animal products and byproducts found in many fashion, beauty, household, and food items that you should watch for. Please be mindful that this is not an complete list and be sure to check any ingredients that you are unsure of before purchasing, using or consuming a product. I’ve also included a list of friendly alternatives to look for instead. 

Common Animal Products to avoid in Fashion

✘ Common Animal Products

  • Fur
  • Wool
  • Silk 
  • Feathers
  • Bones
  • Horns
  • Teeth

♥ Animal Friendly Alternatives

  • Cork 
  • Cotton (organic)
  • Hemp 
  • Linen 
  • Lyocell
  • Modal
  • Muskin 
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Pinatex 
  • Rayon

Common Animal Ingredients To avoid in Beauty

✘ Common Animal Ingredients 

  • Albumen (derived from eggs, milk and blood)
  • Ambergris (whale intestines)
  • Beeswax
  • Carmine (crushed insects)
  • Collagen (connective tissue from cows & fish)
  • Elastin (protein from neck ligaments and aorta of cows)
  • Estrogen (hormones from pregnant mares urine)
  • Guanine (fish scales)
  • Gelatin (protein obtain from boiled skin, cartilage & bones)
  • Honey
  • Keratin (protein from ground up horns, hooves, feathers & hair)
  • Lanolin (wool bearing animal secretions)
  • Milk
  • Musk Oil (genital secretions from deer, beavers, muskrats etc)
  • Shellac (beetle resin)
  • Squalene (shark liver)
  • Tallow AKA Oleic Acid (animal fat)
  • Urea AKA Carbomide (urine secretions)

♥ Animal Friendly Plant Based Alternatives

  • Almond flour
  • Argan Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Berries
  • Carrot Seed Oil
  • Clay Powder
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cucumber
  • Fruit enzymes 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Hydrosol Floral Water
  • Jojoba Oil 
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Rice Bran
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Sugar
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Walnuts

Common Animal Ingredients in Household Items

✘ Common Animal Ingredients 

  • Beeswax
  • Caprylic acid (fatty acid from cow or goat milk)
  • Carmine (crushed insects)
  • Glycerin (animal fat)
  • Keratin (protein from ground up horns, hooves, feathers & hair)
  • Lanolin (wool bearing animal secretions)
  • Lecithin (Nervous tissue)
  • Oleyl Alchohol (fish oil)

♥ Animal Friendly Alternatives

  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Wax
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon
  • Sox Wax
  • Vegetable Wax
  • Vinegar

Common Animal Ingredients in Produce

✘ Common Animal Ingredients 

  • Albumen (derived from eggs, milk and blood)
  • Aspic (jelly from meat stock) 
  • Casein (Milk protein)
  • Collagen (connective tissue from cows & fish)
  • Dairy (Milk, cheese, yogurt ect)
  • Collagen (connective tissue from cows & fish)
  • Eggs
  • Collagen (connective tissue from cows & fish)
  • Honey
  • Isinglass (gelatin from fish bladders)
  • Lactose (Milk sugar from mammals)
  • Keratin (protein from ground up horns, hooves, feathers & hair)
  • Meat
  • Sea food

♥ Animal Friendly Alternatives

  • Dairy free products
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Herbs and spices
  • Legumes 
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Seitan
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Vegetables
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