Millions of animals every year are being used in labs to test cosmetics. This problem has become a worldwide issue and the U.S. needs to make a change by prohibiting the use of animals in testing cosmetics for safe use.
Imagine being born, only to live a life of torture. You are brought to a lab, and cruelly tested on against your will. Toxins poured into your eyes, painful injections to your skin, then left to die when you’re no longer useful. Although many do not realize it, people use products tested on animals in their everyday lives. For girls, many of your favorite makeup brands, such as Estee Lauder, Makeup Forever, and Maybelline take part in animal testing. Products such as toothpaste, cologne, deodorant, laundry detergent, razors, and even band-aids aren’t tested innocently, either. As a makeup enthusiast, I am passionate about how the products I use daily are tested. Today I will help you understand what animal testing is and how it started, how it’s currently affecting animals around the world, and what organizations are doing to help make a difference in the future. To begin, I will explain the history of animal testing. An animal test is any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress, or lasting harm.(https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/what-animal-testing) Animal experiments are not the same as taking your animal to the vet. Animals used in laboratories are harmed, not for their own good, and usually killed at the end of an experiment. Animal experiments include injecting or force feeding animals with potentially harmful substances, exposing animals to radiation,
Picture being locked up in a cage, injured, alone, and in pain. Imagine being a prisoner without committing a crime. This scenario exposes the life of rabbits, mice, dogs, pigs, cats, and many other animals used in cosmetic product testing. The topic of whether animal cosmetic testing is necessary or not has been a topic that many have put-off, but something that should be thought about. The reason that specific animals like, rabbits, chimpanzees, and apes are used for experimenting is because their DNA almost exactly matches a human’s. Since these mammals’ DNA is almost identical, researchers are positive that they are a great tool for testing cleaning and cosmetic products. Though researchers don’t feel any remorse for how they treat
There are many different tests that are performed on animals. According to The Humane Society of The United States (n.d), “it is estimated that 500,000 mice, guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits suffer and die in these tests every year throughout the world.” 500,000 innocent animals are used to improve cosmetic company’s products. One example of a test performed on animals are skin irritation/corrosion. According to the Humane Society of The United States (n.d.), “The test substance is applied to the shaved skin of a rabbit. Their skin may show signs of redness, rash,
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.
Many of the cosmetics that we use every day have also been tested on animals. The number of animals used for cosmetic testing has been greatly reduced as the potential hazards have been eliminated. Products such as sunscreens, anti-dandruff shampoos, fluoride toothpaste, and anti-acne creams could not have been proven safe without the use of animal testing since they contain ingredients that cause a chemical change in the body that could be harmful, even deadly. Without these safety tests, it would be impossible to ensure that these products are safe.
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
Millions of animals are being unneedlessly tested on for cosmetics, even though there are plenty of alternatives available and most of the results are unreliable or not applicable to humans. Although the fight against animal testing has made huge progress recently, America has yet to stop this cruel practice and chooses to torture animals while other countries are making a stop to the testing (“Animal Testing 101”).
Cosmetic testing on animals costs billions of dollars each year and often produces ineffective results. From Fact Sheet: Cosmetic Testing: The Humane Society of the United States. Cosmetic companies are using animals to test products like skin cream, perfume, make-up and shampoo. As we spend so much money on cosmetic testing on animals, one should be reminded how different animals really are from humans which makes results completely unreliable in most cases. Also, different animal species tested may have one result and another animal species may produce an entirely different result. One test result might indicate that a chemical is safe while another test on a different type of animal might indicate that the chemical is harmful. This then provides the cosmetic company with a failed and inaccurate testing result and could even pose risks to consumers. This makes the testing on animals seem unnecessary since they are not accurate.
Many people believe that animal testing for cosmetic products and substances should not be banned completely. The ECO Friendly Blog writes, “testing cosmetics on animals before introducing them to the public is needed for the process, or people would be exposed to products that are potentially harmful” (“Pros and Cons in Cosmetic Animal Testing” par. 4). This suggests that if you don’t test cosmetic products on animals it puts the lives of humans at risk every time the product or substance is being used. Without cosmetic animal testing, the products and substances could cause humans to experience severe health complications and or death. Nonhuman animals are used for cosmetic experimentation to ensure the safety of substances for the consumer
When I apply my favorite blush, I get so happy because it enhances my beauty along with other products I use on my face. What does not cross my mind is that this product was probably tested on an animal. Most women do not realize that most of their makeup has been used on animals. Makeup is a popular product tested on animals among other products that you would never think of. It makes sense for people to kill animals to provide food but why do companies test on animals knowing it could harm them? Animal testing is when experiments are made on animals to test the effectiveness and safety of a product. The purpose of this is to see how the test subject reacts to whatever is being tested on them because humans and animals have a similar physiology. Depending on how the animal reacts to the product, it gives an idea on how a person might react to using the product. This type of research goes back to the days of Aristotle, who was one of the first to perform animal testing.
New makeup products come out on a day-to-day basis, whether it be foundations, concealers, highlighters, and/or brushes. Adversely, there’s another side to makeup that isn’t all glitz and glamour. According to the Humane Society, behind these products, a grand total of fifty-two Guinea Pigs, four-hundred and sixteen mice, five-hundred and six rabbits, and two-thousand, five hundred and forty-two rats on average get used for makeup testing and must continue living with gruesome deformities and/or lose their lives because of it. Many popular makeup brands take this route to ‘ensure’ the safety of their customers and to avoid lawsuits. I believe that animal testing is cruel,
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.
It is known that most of the cosmetic products need to be tested for safety reasons before publishing. Some companies are testing their products on animals that cause the animals suffering cruelties.