Major Cosmetic Brands Are Ruthlessly Killing Minks To Make Fake Eyelashes

Major Cosmetic Brands Are Ruthlessly Killing Minks To Make Fake Eyelashes

These rodents are extremely aggressive and need to be restrained to harvest their fur.

Source: Getty Images/ Georgy_Golovin (Inset: Sephora)

Eyelash extension is an expensive affair and many of us opt for the cheaper, easier version - the fake eyelashes. Sure, it makes us feel beautiful, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? Well, they come from minks. Fake eyelashes are a booming business, with every makeup artist and amateur owning them. They are use-and-throw, and thanks to the demand, a lot of these big brands are more than willing to break the balance of nature and kill innocent animals, just for some profit.


Since business is doing great, several big brands like Sephora use mink hair for their fake eyelashes. The irony is that they advertise their products as “cruelty-free,” “ethically sourced,” or “free-range,” but animal rights groups like PETA insist there is no such thing as cruelty-free fur from real minks. They are not farm animals, they are highly territorial rodents. It is nothing but a waste of time, trying to domesticate them. These rodents are extremely aggressive and for their fur to be harvested, they would need to be restrained. In many places, like Europe, minks are now endangered, mostly due to overhunting and loss of habitat.

Source: PETA

According to PETA: Minks are intelligent, feeling wild animals who enjoy spending their time swimming and climbing. Yet on fur farms, they're kept inside filthy wire cages so small that they can only take a few steps in any direction, which can cause them to chew on their legs or tails out of frustration. They often suffer from open wounds and infections, receiving no veterinary care. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, poisoning, genital electrocution, and suffocation. Mink farms are designed to maximize profits, and farmers often have little regard for the animals' well-being, as PETA's investigations have repeatedly shown.


Animals on fur farms are plagued by fear, stress, disease, parasites, and other physical and psychological hardships on a daily basis—all so that companies like Sephora can sell mink false eyelashes. Sephora continues to sell real mink-fur lashes, despite knowing that animals used for their fur live and die horribly. Leading beauty brands like Urban Decay, Tarte, Too Faced, IT Cosmetics, and hundreds of others already refuse to sell fur. Please, help animals who are suffering right now by urging Sephora to drop fur lashes immediately! The IUCN has listed European Minks under the "critically endangered" category, as numbers have declined more than 50% over the past three generations.  In the next three generations, it is expected to decline by 80%.


This didn't sit too well with people who took to Facebook to share their opinions. Dottie Moran wrote: Babies murdered, children and animals tortured maybe God is trying to tell us something. Keep it up with your hate and selfishness and humans will disappear like the dinosaurs. We are flesh and bloodstones have been here longer than humans. Anne Carrick added: Oh sweet christ why cant the women of the world be thankful to stay the way they were born and not allow this to happen in the name of beauty. God love and save all gods beautiful creatures. Tammy Roberts Hamm posted: Why dont people stop trying to change how they are and just be natural beauty is enter not on the outside


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