Ladies, those lovely long fake eyelashes you are sporting have likely been cruelly ripped right off the back of a little helpless caged animal.
Eyelashes are being sourced from mink fur and sold online to Aussie customers, with even so-called cruelty-free varieties, a hoax.
Animal welfare groups are desperate to get the import and sale of mink eyelashes banned, after it was revealed they often come from the fur stripped off of the mink animals while they are alive in a cage, before they are brutally killed and dumped.
A Change.org petition has almost 70,000 signatures to stop the trade, with the weasel-like animals the most commonly farmed fur-bearing animals in the world.
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian have been slammed for proudly using animal fur and lashes / lash extensions are no exception and it's the celeb endorsement that has led to cruel lash craze.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) says the world’s largest fur exporter is China and they are easily bought on eBay and other online sites.
“There are no penalties for animal cruelty in China, but mink are also farmed in US and Europe,” associate director of campaigns Ashley Fruno told Leader.
“Mink eyelashes are fur that’s been shaved off a mink’s body, either right before or directly after the animal is killed on a fur farm,”
“They’re confined to rows of small, filthy, cramped wire cages, with some mink gnawing on the bars of their cages or neurotically pacing back and forth due to stress,” she said.
“They are then shoved into gas chambers and killed.”
Here is where you can get PETA approved lashes!