Let’s explore animal testing in the cosmetic industry! Note that the above photo is not an accurate representation of animal testing.
While the following arguments are made for animal testing:
- animals are a close match to humans
- it can help to improve human health and has contributed to saving lives
- animals benefit from this so that we can produce vaccines for them
We have to ask if it is vital and reasonable to test on animals for the cosmetics industry.
Typically rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice are used for the cosmetics industry.
Tests consist of:
- rubbing chemicals onto shaved skin
- chemicals dripped into eyes
- repeated force feeding to induce
- inducing cancer and birth defects
- determining the dose of chemicals that cause death
The results on animals can cause
- swollen eyes
- sore bleeding skin
- internal bleeding
- organ damage
- and obviously death
Is it really necessary? Do we need to have new innovative make up that could possibly harm us, so it has to be tested on animals first.
Basically, should animals suffer so that we can look our best.
Well, that’s a personal choice! Some argue that animals don’t have moral judgement so we can do what we like *major eye roll*. I’m sure many of us believe that we should:
There are alternatives to using animals such as using human reconstructed skin. Or using methods that have already been tried and tested and do not require further treatment.
So why do companies continue to test on animals? Well recently NARS admitted they test on animals and their reason?
“We must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China.”
To which many make up lovers responded “animal lives are more important than reaching another market” and eco beauty blogger Ana Goes Green responded “the China market is a bit of a poisoned chalice for beauty brands at the moment”.
Animal testing has been banned in all 28 EU member states, Norway, India and Australia, so it is possible!
So what can we do? Here is a list of actions that Humane Society International suggest:
- Sign the global Be Cruelty-Free pledge to show your support for banning animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients.
- Support us by becoming a Lab Animal Defender with our monthly donor program, or make a one-time donation to help us expand our Be Cruelty-Free campaign and save more animals.
- Shop—buy only from companies that say no to animal testing and to newly developed and animal-tested ingredients. Download your own Leaping Bunny Global Shopping Guide.
- Contact your favorite brands and urge them to make the leap to cruelty-free. Ask whether the company 1) animal-tests its products or ingredients, 2) purchases newly developed ingredients that have been animal-tested by the supplier, or 3) sells its products to countries like China that may require new animal testing. If the answer to any of these questions is yes, put the product back on the shelf.
- Make some noise—follow us on Twitter @HSIGlobal and tweet about the campaign using hashtag #BeCrueltyFree. Like us on Facebook, too, and share our news and actions with your friends.
If you are interested to switching to cruelty free brands check out these guys:
- PHBethical (certified halal too!)
- Kat Von D
- Two Faced
- Bare Minerals
Find more below in the further reading section!
Brands who aren’t cruelty free:
Please note that you should look further into the brand to ensure they do not support other unethical practices such as supporting wars, racism, unfair treatment of factory workers.