Animal Testing In The United States

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The status of animal testing in the US and internationally are very different and therefore must be defined differently. In the United States “The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is the only U.S. federal law that covers animals in research. (The federal Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals covers animals in NIH-funded research through recommended policy only, not requirements. While it has the power to inspect, it relies on self-reporting.) Enacted in 1966, it regulates the care and use of animals in research, testing, teaching, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. However, the AWA provides only minimal protection for certain species while excluding others such as rats, mice, and birds bred for research—who …show more content…

Products may claim to be "cruelty-free" or "not tested on animals,” but their claims may only refer to the finished product. Most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level which is how companies can get away with labeling their products cruelty free even if ingredients have been involved in animal testing, if the finish product is not involved in animal testing companies can manipulate the standards and falsely label the product as cruelty free. “There is currently no legal definition for cruelty free (FDA’s site). This means that some companies will say things like not tested on animals, against animal testing, never tested on animals, we don’t conduct animal testing, or cruelty free on their packaging, but they may not actually be cruelty free.” If a product with no affiliation or link to animal testing is important to you as a consumer it is vital to be familiar with the definition of cruelty free and other claims not endorsed by organizations or regulated with the help of extensive …show more content…

It might not be happening at the rate people expect but progress is being made every day to stop the harmful practices seen in scientific laboratories. Now more than ever people are speaking up for their ethical beliefs and taking a stand against the companies that subject innocent animals to unnecessary torture. Brands are catching on to the direction of consumer’s moral compass and have begun advertising their lack of affiliation with harmful animal testing or seeking out endorsements from organizations such as PETA or Leaping Bunny. If you are unsure about a product being tested on animals on a finished product or ingredient level, there are many databases online that list out companies that do and don’t test on animals making it even more simple for consumers to choose cruelty

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