Unfortunately, when it comes to testing on helpless animals, the general public usually justifies this issue when it comes to life threatening diseases.  But what about cosmetic animal testing?

The FDA defines cosmetics as such: “articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”   This includes toothpaste, acne treatments, deodorant and more.

These are not life threatening concerns for human beings, but they are for the subjects.  Even if the company does not test on animals, some countries (such as China) require imported cosmetics to be tested before they can be sold to consumers.  It is heart wrenching  to know that these companies who avoid this cruelty, will in turn harm other beings regardless.

It is important to realize that animal testing on cosmetics is NOT required by law in the United States.  This is something companies do for the “safety” of their clients, even though it has been proven that animals react very differently to chemicals than humans.  Which brings up the question: Do you know where your shampoo came from?  And are you comfortable with knowing you buy a product that has millions of deaths behind its label?  That is why is it important to stay informed on what you are putting on your body.

Then how can companies avoid using animal subjects?

1.) Use the thousands of available chemicals that are known to be safe.  There is no need for new tests because these chemicals have been safely used for decades.

2.) Use non-animal tests that are already available (see chapter 1 for more information). According to the Human Society, “Nearly 50 non-animal tests have been validated for use, and these modern alternatives can offer results that are not only more relevant to people, but more efficient and cost-effective”.

The Humane Cosmetics Act

This law was recently proposed in the United States.  If enacted it would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics and all imported animal-tested cosmetics. Europe has already banned all animal testing for cosmetic products and the sale of all newly animal-tested cosmetics.   However, lobbyists have delayed the enactment for 20 years and recently they requested another 10 years.  This is devastating for the animals who have no voice.

Link to List of Companies that DO NOT Test on Animals:

http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdonttest.pdf

Link to List of Companies that DO Test on Animals:

http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf

WARNING: This list involves MANY well-known, everyday use companies that are very shocking.  Hopefully after seeing these brands my readers will consider this the next time you visit the supermarket.  Remember, there are lives behind these brands, being tortured as we speak…

Bonus Quick Link! (Only 4 minutes long)*

Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA, talks about the wastefulness of animal testing.  Not only are we moving into an era of biotechnology where animal subjects are clearly being surpassed by computerized technology, but it is also a huge waste of federal funding that goes nowhere.

References

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/qa/questions_answers.html

http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company search/cruelty_free_companies_search.aspx

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3 thoughts on “Chapter 2: Cosmetic Animal Testing

  1. Its great to see how many companies are going against the grain by not using animal testing, but its still troubling to see almost all the major companies doing it wrong still. After reading I definitely feel the need to stop using products that are being tested on helpless animals. These cruel practices should not be supported.

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  2. Hello Sam,

    I agree with you that it is sad they use animals for cosmetics. It is crazy to also think about what is in our shampoo and what we put on our bodies. I really liked reading the part about the Human Society and using non-animal tests that are available and also is more efficient and cost effective. I really enjoyed reading your blog! I look forward to reading more about it!

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  3. Great article Sam! I really find it disturbing to see that companies are not required to animal-test their product, yet they still do. And it is for cosmetic purposes, which is not essential for our heath being. I think they have gone too far with it and they should be stopped.

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