Testing, Testing ...

By Cara, age 14, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Hi, Cara here!

Many people are aware of animal testing, but do not consider it when they shop. They think that the experiments run on animals are ethical and do not harm the animal. However, despite what they may think, animals in testing labs are being treated brutally. Every day many animals die due to experiments. When you pick up cosmetics or household products, do you consider the fact that an animal's life may have been taken so that you could buy it? Do you consider how the animals that the product was tested on were treated? Every day animals are being taken advantage of in terribly abusive ways.

If you feel any love for animals, I would encourage you to look into products and companies that do not test on animals. Ask yourself this: Why is it not okay to have Pitbull fighting or torture companion animals, but it is okay to support animal testing? Also, would you like to see your animal locked in a cage, taken out only to be pumped full of chemicals, and never given any affection?

If you would like to find out more about animal testing or the many other forms of animal abuse, please go to or There you will find lists of products not tested on animals. Personally, I choose not to support testing. I also don't consume any meats, dairy, or animal related products. If you would like to find out how eating animal products serves as a source of abuse please visit or

Thanks so much for reading!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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