The subject of animal testing in cosmetics has been a never-ending debate between those who approve, and those who disapprove. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as "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 eye and facial makeup, skin cream, perfume, lipsticks, nail polish, moisturizers, shampoos, deodorants, scrubs, and any item that enhance one’s appearance. In the world of cosmetics, companies live up to the potential of satisfying their consumers’ needs and wants by testing their latest products on animals. The purpose of testing products on animals is for the
A rabbit lives its life trapped in a laboratory. It doesn’t get fresh air and has different products tested on it every day. The product can make the rabbit go blind or cause its skin to burn, but there is nothing the rabbit can do about it. This is what happens to animals every day from cosmetic companies who test their products on animals. According to Cruelty Free Kitty (2017), over 30 cosmetic companies continue to use animal testing to improve their products. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2017), “the agency has consistently advised cosmetic manufactures to employ whatever testing is appropriate and effective for substantiating the safety of their products.” This means that if the company believes animal testing is the best option for their product they are allowed to do it. Testing cosmetics on animals is cruel and inhumane, and people should avoid using products that test on animals.
I. INTRODUCTION A. If you woke up this morning and used Colgate or Crest to brush your teeth, used Tresemme or Pantene to wash your hair, Dove to wash your body or are wearing your favorite Maybelline eyeliner you are contributing, whether you know it or not, to cosmetic animal testing. B. Most everyone you
Animal Testing is when people use animals in experiments, to test their reaction to what is being tested. The range of animals used in testing is from tens of millions to more than a hundred million used annually. There has been much debate about this topic, because, animals are the
Animal testing is a substantial controversy across the nation. According to Rush, Catherine M. et al. “Animal Models to Investigate the Pathogenesis of Rheumatic Heart Disease.” Frontiers in Pediatrics 2 (2014): 116. PMC. Web. 27 Oct. 2016., animal testing has been around for quite some time. Her article states that “Animals have been used repeatedly throughout the history of biomedical research. Early Greek physician-scientists, such as Aristotle, (384 – 322 BC) and Erasistratus, (304 – 258 BC), performed experiments on living animals. Likewise, Galen (129 – 199 / 217 AD), a Greek physician who practiced in Rome and was a giant in the history of medicine, conducted animal experiments to advance the understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. Ibn Zuhr (Avenzoar), an Arab physician in twelfth century Moorish Spain, introduced animal testing as an experimental method for testing surgical procedures before applying them to human patients.”
We often see animal testing as an inhumane act of cruelty, however, we do not recognize the benefits and reasoning behind it all. After carefully studying the reasoning behind animals in medical research, I was appalled by the numerous beneficial outcomes. Research professionals tells us “Medical testing on animals has provided humans with an understanding of how body reacts to certain medications, diseases, or vaccines (animalresearch.info).” Without conducting such research, humans would have no further advancements in medicine, nor any knowledge of their effects. Have you ever noticed the prominence of commercials advertising a new medication? Whether it was a new birth control, blood thinner, or vaccine, more than likely, an animal was used to test the medicine. Animal Smart researchers explains how “Vaccines such as smallpox, measles, mumps, diphtheria and tetanus would have taken much longer to develop without the use of animal research (animal smart). Such diseases would have taken the lives of many young children and adults if there were no
Many people might say that animal testing has proven results for the safety of beauty products and cosmetics. Although, in some cases it is helpful, why would you want to use such an old outdated method of research in 2017 many more methods have opened up due to advanced technology. Animal testing dates back to the 1900’s and yet in the 21st-century companies are still doing this even though it is more costly than alternative methods.
Skye Meadows English 101 4/1/2012 Cosmetic Animal Testing: Scientifically and Unethically Inaccurate Animal testing is still done by cosmetic companies even though it is unethical and scientifically inaccurate. The various tests carried out on animals is not a guarantee for using cosmetics on our skin since animals react differently to certain chemicals as compared to humans. Cosmetics companies kill millions of animals every year in pursuit of profit. The animals that suffer and die in these laboratories range from rabbits to mice. According to companies that perform such tests, they are done to establish the safety of products and ingredients. However, no law requires that cosmetics products be tested on animals. The Food and Drug
Animal Testing and Medical Advancement Every day, animals such as rabbits, chimpanzees, and mice take part of medical experimentation. “Chimpanzees share 99% of their DNA with humans, and mice are 98% genetically similar to humans. The United States and Gabon are the only two countries that allow experimentation on chimpanzees.” (The
The Use of Animal Testing in Cosmetics and Skincare Our country is home to a handful of cosmetic and skin care companies, many of which have become a part of our society’s daily routine. What many of us users may not know about these products is how they have been tested to their perfection. A large amount of companies choose to use an outdated and cruel way of testing product’s safety for in order to ensure perfection. Animals aid testing by being an empty slate for these cosmetic companies to test and improve their products. However, with other testing options available, why do companies continue to use this cruel and inhumane way of using animals for our selfish benefits? The first year that Animal Testing started was 1922. Now, 94 years
Stop Animal Testing! Think about the cosmetic and pharmaceutical products used in everyday life. Cosmetic products such as make-ups, soaps, deodorants, and shampoos are tested on animals. Medical products such as birth control and Visine are tested on animals as well. The FDA requires testing for medical products but cosmetic products are not required to. While it has made some advancements medically, scientists should seek out different ways to test products meant for human use; so we look at the ineffectiveness of animal testing, difference in human and animal biology, and animal fatalities.
Animal testing has long played a part in the science of testing, and it still plays a very important role in the medical world. Testing on animals in order to create a cure for AIDS is one thing, but testing on animals for human vanity is another. Animal testing is used to test the safety of a product. It has kept some very unsafe substances out of the cosmetic world. However, in this day in age, animal testing is not the only way to test the safety of a product. Animal testing in cosmetics has decreased over the years. However, it is still used by many companies in America. Animal testing is not only cruel, but it is also unnecessary in today’s advanced scientific world.
For many years there has been a controversial debate on whether or not animals should be used as test subjects for human cosmetics. The debate has two major sides Pro-animal testing and Anti-animal testing. Both sides have many valid points and this is one of the major reasons the debate is still ongoing many years after it began. The Pro- animal testing side argues the usefulness of animal testing for ensuring the progression and comfort of human development. The Anti-animal testing side argues that not only is animal testing unreliable, it is also cruel and unnecessary. While there is a plethora of reasons animal testing should be banned, the three primary reasons are it is unreliable and incompatible with humans, it is cruel and harsh for
To this day and age, millions of animals are being tested for human products, causing them to fall deeply ill with some sort of disease and some ends up dying. Animal testing goes way back since the 2nd century BCE. The earliest founding of animal testing are written from the Greeks. There were Greek physician-scientist named Aristotle and Erasistratus who were among the first human to experiment on living things. Basically Aristotle was the first philosopher to connect relationship between various animals and humanity. Erasistratus worked in medicine and pharmacy with the help of Aelius Galenus who dissects pigs and goats and who is also known as the “father of vivisection”. Animal testing helped us discover many disease and even helped
Animal testing, although a controversial topic, affects a great deal of scientists and the work force in the agriculture field. This topic has proven difficult to communicate to one another about because there are individuals that believe animals should have certain rights and others believe that animals have no rights.