Why I became cruelty-free

The quote "Be the change you want to see in the world." by Mahatma Gandhi has stuck out to me ever since I really understood what it meant. When I was younger I never thought I could make a difference, but once I realized that one person can start something so much bigger than themselves, I knew I wanted to be that one person for someone. So, here I am.

I was lying on my bed the way I usually do when I'm deep in thought: my head at the end of the bed with my legs in the air, feet against my slanted ceilings, when I really decided to do it. I wanted my voice out there. I am a big fan of Twitter and social networks and am vocal about my beliefs, but I've been thinking this was the move I should make for awhile.

First and foremost, this will be a 100% cruelty-free blog. It all started when I was on Tumblr one day and I came across a photo set of beagles stepping onto grass. I was going to scroll past it until I saw that it was their first time ever touching grass. Dogs! Animals! Never touching grass! Such a simple thing that we overlook, but these babies were as happy as can be after being released from a laboratory that was shutting down animal testing. I immediately researched this and found out about all the animals that are put through such torture for make-up and lotions and household products. I could not believe how naive I had been all my life to not think of these poor, innocent things. It just wasn't fair, and I know that life isn't always fair, but these animals aren't ours to experiment on. Slowly, I got rid of all my make-up from companies that tested on animals and switched to companies that don't. Through those first couple of months, I realized that these companies are owned by even bigger companies that do test, and I decided to cut out those companies, also. On this blog I plan on doing reviews and sharing the emails I get back from companies about their animal testing policy. It has only been about six months, but one thing about me is once I commit to something, I am all in. I knew I wanted to get other people in on this and make my voice heard. I tell anyone who will listen.

As for the name, I am a big fan of words. I think they are beautiful and there is a word for everything, and one word I try to identify with is compassion. From there, I thought of benevolence. The definition of benevolence is the desire to be good to others, and I can't think of anything I want to identify with more. The 'and beings' goes for any living thing, humans and animals. I'm hoping this blog will help me along the way to become a vegetarian (or a vegan; I haven't decided). I want to be the absolute best person I can be, and I want to be the change I want to see in the world. Or at least a part of it.

Overall, I hope to inspire people who are struggling with becoming cruelty-free, or just need a little extra information.

Lots of light,

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