Beauty Shouldn’t Hurt
Using animals in research and to test the safety of products has been a topic of heated debate for decades, hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in archaic product tests for cosmetics, personal-care products, so if you are appalled that animal testing for cosmetics is happening right now and that hundreds of thousands of animals are suffering for products such as lipstick and shampoo? Take action today and urge decisionmakers to ban cosmetics testing on animals in the United States!
Animal testing is the ugly secret that the beauty industry would prefer consumers didn’t know about! Not only are these tests cruel, they are completely unnecessary. The majority of ingredients commonly used in cosmetics have been safety tested years ago. And the differences in animal physiology means that even brand new ingredients can’t be accurately tested for human safety on anything other than humans. Imagine you’re a rabbit, guinea pig or rat in a cosmetics testing laboratory and these aren’t relatively mild finished products, but raw chemicals.
If you’re a rabbit having these chemicals dripped in your eye, you have no tear ducts, so you can’t cry out the liquid. If you’re a guinea pig having chemicals spread on your skin, your protective fur has been shaved off and your bare, delicate skin cut so that the chemicals penetrate deeper. If you’re a rat squeezed into a thin tube barely wider than your body, you can feel your eyes smart and your throat burn as the chemical vapours are pumped into the tube, forcing you to breathe them in. Soon you will find it hard to breathe at all. Dogs, cats, rabbits and many other animals still suffer pointless and painful procedures in the name of product testing. Some will undergo irritancy tests that cause severe chemical burns to their sensitive skin; others will be forced to ingest harmful chemicals that can lead to fatal poisoning. To study the ‘effects’, animals are often left to languish for days without pain relief. This tells us nothing about toxicity to humans.There are plenty of companies using readily-available alternatives to animal testing which show that there are no more excuses to torture animals. As a consumer, you have the power to help end this cruelty.