As the calendar prepares to turn from Adopt A Rabbit Month (February) to Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month (March), and as our friends at Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue work to make March 4-10 "Chinchilla Appreciation Week," it bears mentioning that there are other ways we can look out for these three species (and all the others as well).
One big thing that everyone can do is to let their wallet and their shopping patterns do the talking. By this, I mean buying products that are not tested on animals, boycotting products that are, and...if you're so inclined...writing e-mails or letters to manufacturers who still conduct testing on animals and helping pressure them into stopping these testing practices.
Both Caring Consumer and Leaping Bunny offer lists and pocket-sized guides that help you find manufacturers who don't test on animals. (Caring Consumer also provides a list of companies that still do.) Products include cosmetics, health and beauty aids, and household products.
All companies should take the same attitude as the Urban Decay cosmetics company, which pointedly says on its product packaging and on its Web site:
We DON'T do animal testing. How could anyone?