Mink eyelashes, the shameful beauty accessory, comes at a terrible cost

Mink eyelashes, the shameful beauty accessory, comes at a terrible cost, Newcastillian
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The cosmetic sector is a multi-billion-dollar industry, with men and women pursuing the latest trends in their quest to defy age and beautify themselves. 

However, has humankind once again crossed the line? Have we as a species failed the animal kingdom for the umpteenth time, all to their have hair on our eyelashes?

When it comes to upholding today’s standard of beauty, those with luscious eyelashes seem to have it made. But for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have the type of lashes; which would leave Audrey Hepburn envious, there are always fake eyelashes.

It does not matter whether these lashes are glued on strips or extensions are individual hairs dropped into the existing fringe of lashes. The possibility of enhancing One’s lashes are almost endless. 

Sadly, as the demand for fake lashes rises, it comes as no surprise these lashes come at a price, and the price is not monetary. 

Being almost weightless and comfortable to wear, the demand for mink lashes is horrifical but is a growing market. Supporting this, reports suggest, there is a dark side to these lashes.

While brands marketing mink lashes might refer to their respective products as being cruelty-free, on account of the hair being collected through brushing the minks or by collecting fallen hair, PETA has added context to these claims, saying it is implausible.

The reason for this, as Peta explains, is because minks are naturally scared of humans. Therefore, brushing these small animals would not work.

In fact, the organisation says minks hair is obtained under crueller methods, explaining, “being forcefully held by a human who’s pulling on their fur would be, at best, terrifying for them and would, at worst, lead to an ugly fight. It’s extremely unlikely that fur farms are “brushing” minks in order to obtain their fur and much more likely that they’re killing them for it.”

Additionally, Peta says, minks are confined to small, depressing, cramped wire cages in highly unsanitary conditions. Such is the situation which minks face; the animal rights organisation adds, these animals are bred and slaughtered on fur farms around the world for their fur and farmers often kill them in gas chambers.

Furthermore, Peta states, “If you purchase a mink fur coat or a set of mink lashes, you’re supporting an industry in which animals endure immense fear, stress, disease, parasites, and other physical and psychological hardships.”

With these furry little animals facing appalling conditions, PETA and its international affiliates are aggressively campaigning against the mink fur eyelash industry. 

In support of stopping this medieval practice towards minks, cosmetics retail giants Sephora and MECCA, as well as eyelash brand Velour announced bans on fur lashes in 2020.

While brands such as Sephora, MECCA and Velour have announced a ban on fur lashes, what has your beauty cost? What are your thought and views on the use of mink hair for eyelashes? 

Please share your opinions with us in the comment section below.

Author: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer

Edited: Calvin Swemmer


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