If you've been on social media lately, you've probably seen many makeup artists promote mink lashes. Most of the mink lash suppliers claim the fur is obtained through "free range farms and harvested during shedding season". I believe that the way I believe elephants are well taken care of in the circus. *insert eye roll here* Personally, I don't promote or agree with wearing any type of fur at all, especially on your eyelids. Since false lashes have been growing in popularity, I decided to contact Velour Lashes (100% mink fur lash supplier) and ask them about these "free range zoos" they speak of. Since I was interested in the location of the supplier, I asked for pictures, a website or any other information about where they get their fur. I also asked the company if they plan on getting verified by Leaping Bunny or PETA.
A few things bothered me about this response. I was not given an answer when I had asked for more information about the supplier, and I only was given the explanation they have on their website (which I've read before plenty of times). I also find it very hard to believe the owners know exactly whats happening in these "zoos" 100% of the time. I was not given a response on the Leaping Bunny or PETA verification, in fact my question was just ignored! After many years of research about the fur trade, I find it extremely difficult to believe any fur can be obtained without the use of a fur farm, especially if the fur is in high demand. Fur farms are extremely cruel as minks (and other animals) are often electrocuted and skinned alive for their own fur. These poor little animals are stuffed in tight unsanitary cages as they await their own torture and death. Even if Velour is telling the truth, there are still many many companies selling these cruel mink lashes. I highly encourage my readers to look into fur farms online.
Maybe if we lived in a perfect trustworthy world these lashes would be ideal, unfortunately we don't. My final opinion on mink lashes is they are too risky to purchase. I would much rather contribute to a 100% fur-free cruelty-free company. I have listed the following cruelty-free lash companies below:
1. House of Lashes