According to Cruelty Free International, an average over 115 million animals are being used for medical research and product development each year worldwide.
These animals are often confined to small cages, live in inhumane conditions, are subjected to tests that are beyond cruel, are tortured, maimed, blinded, and even killed,
Animals commonly used in tests for cosmetics include rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats.
Dogs, especially beagles, are often used in medical research in cardiology, endocrinology, and bone studies. Approximately 70,000 dogs are used in research in the United States each year.
Cats are often used in neurological studies. Approximately 25,000 cats are used in research in the United States each year.
Primates-macaques, monkeys, baboons, and chimpanzees- are used in a multitude of experiments for research in toxicology, AIDS, hepatitis, and reproduction. Over 70,000 primates are subjected to tests every year in the United States and European Union.
Some companies claim that animal testing ensures that ingredients and products are safe enough for humans., but the truth is that today there are actually better alternatives.
Animal testing began being practiced in the United States during the early 1920s.
In 1938 the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed in the United States, mandating animal testing to establish the safety of any new drug, after a poisonous drug — Elixir Sulfanoamide, caused over a hundred deaths.
For decades, this practice has been prevalent all over the world, and has been the accepted norm for testing the “safety” of both drugs and cosmetics.
Animal testing is not only an unethical, unnecessary practice…but also a practice that is outdated.
Several alternatives to animal testing exist today, including in-vitro testing, computer models, and replicaing real human organs on microchips.
Also cosmetic companies have access to an “official” list of over 7,000 safe ingredients that have already been “proven to be safe” to choose from to formulate their products.
Finally, animal toxicity tests are not scientifically meaningful, and the results cannot be trusted as accurate because humans and animals are genetically different…so why bother?
And now that we know more about the “they” side…
…let’s find out more about the “we” side and what we can do to protect the wee little critters…