If you are shopping for a shaving brush you will have seen lots of mentions of badger hair brushes, and even other forms of animal hair brushes. So you might be wondering, are badgers killed for shaving brushes? Sadly, the answer is yes.
Why are badgers killed for shaving brushes?
Animal hair shaving brushes are wrongly seen as the only option for a shaving brush. The most common form of animal hair in a shaving brush is badger hair. This has been the primary hair in shaving brushes for a long time.
Why badger hair? There are different grades of badger hair for different stiffness of brush. The hair is mostly taken from the stomach area.
To get the amount of hair needed to fuel the world’s need for badger hair shaving brushes the badgers are farmed and killed for their hair. Badgers are a wild animal. They haven’t been bred for thousands of years to be domesticated, like sheep. So they can’t simply be shorn. They are killed and then their hair is collected. Most badger farms are in China and the hair is then exported all over the world.
Badgers aren’t a farm animal. And the suffering and death are completely unnecessary.
Alternatives to badger hair – vegan shaving brushes
You can get synthetic shaving brushes that are cruelty-free and vegan. While some purists swear by badger hair many people are unwilling to stomach that much cruelty and vegans will not use products with animal hair.
The alternative is a synthetic shaving brush. The synthetic bristles are just as effective as animal hair, easy to look after and long-lasting. Plus you can go about your shaving routine cruelty-free.