Are Mink Lashes Cruel?

There have been many debates surrounding mink eyelashes in recent years. Some beauty companies claim that mink lashes can be obtained ethically, without causing any harm to the animal. Due to this, many mink lashes are advertised as ‘cruelty-free’ and ‘ethically sourced.’ However, several major animal welfare organisations including PETA, have advised that this is not the case. With so much contrasting information surrounding mink eyelashes, many people have been left questioning – are mink lashes cruel? To help answer this important question, we’ve put together a useful guide on everything you should know about false mink lashes:

What are mink lashes?

Mink eyelashes are made from real mink fur. Minks are small mammals native to North America and Europe and form part of the same family as otters, weasels, and ferrets. You’re probably asking – why did people start using this animal’s fur in false lashes? Well, minks have been highly-valued and exploited for their naturally shiny, luxurious fur for centuries. Their fur became popular in false eyelashes a few years ago due to its ability to create light, soft, fluffy, and natural-looking fake eyelashes. Nowadays, salons and false lash manufacturers all around the world offer mink eyelashes, typically at a higher price than synthetic lashes.

Can mink lashes be cruelty-free?

As mentioned, many beauty companies claim to have mink lashes that are 100 percent cruelty-free and ethically harvested from a free-range farm. Some producers of mink lashes even go as far as to say that the fur is harvested from gentle brushing and the minks actually enjoy the experience. However, animal welfare groups claim that this is false advertising and state that it’s not possible to obtain mink fur in a completely cruelty-free manner. It is worth noting that fur farming has been banned entirely in the UK, although exports are not. According to leading animal charity PETA – “Minks are confined in small, cramped wire cages and kept in extremely unsanitary conditions.” Naturally aggressive and territorial, the minks are often kept in individual cages with no heating or protection from the elements. Come harvest season, the mink are either killed before having their fur cut from their bodies. Or, they are brushed to remove their fur at so-called ‘free-range mink farms.’ Even if this is the case, minks are naturally scared of humans and the process of holding and brushing them is likely to cause intense fear and suffering to the animal.

There is no way to say with certainty that all mink farms mistreat their animals, but there is clear evidence to suggest that the process is far from humane. In fact, a beauty company that claimed its real fur mink lashes were cruelty-free, recently had several complaints upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority – you can read about it here. PETA adds – “If you purchase a set of mink lashes, you’re supporting an industry in which animals endure immense fear, stress, disease, and other physical and psychological hardships.”

What alternatives are there to mink lashes?

With so much uncertainty surrounding whether mink fur can be sourced ethically, many people are choosing to avoid mink eyelashes altogether, and for good reason! Fortunately, there are many cruelty-free false eyelashes on the market today including faux mink lashes and vegan false lashes. These fake eyelashes are made from materials that are 100 percent ethical and cruelty-free. They look and feel just as good as mink lashes, but you can have peace of mind knowing that no animal has suffered in the process. Just take a look at our flashy luxury lashes and glamorous luxury lashes – these vegan faux mink eyelashes are sure to make you stand out in the crowd! We don’t believe that any beauty product is worth animal cruelty, especially when there are so many amazing cruelty-free cosmetics on the market today.

Final thoughts

Unfortunately, many beauty companies are still getting away with advertising mink lashes as ethical, but don’t be fooled into thinking that these lashes are cruelty-free. There is no way to harvest the fur of minks in a way that does not involve causing some harm or stress to the animal. Why support this suffering when you can purchase cruelty-free faux mink lashes that look and feel just as good? Support cruelty-free beauty by always checking the packaging and only purchasing false lashes that are made from faux mink fur. You can check out our range of truly cruelty-free eyelashes by clicking here.


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