Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is ‘Because the animals are like us.’ Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are not like us.’ Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
―Professor Charles R. Magel (1980)
Millions of tormented, wounded and mistreated animals are kept in horrible conditions, tortured, drowned in fear and suffocated with distress and loneliness die every day after being tarnished and played with in barbarous ways in the name of science and research.
We live in a world where it’s right to expose an innocent defenseless, affectionate creature to hazardous, brutal experiments for the sake of beauty; just so a company promotes a new foundation or a hair mist.
However, many people are starting to realize the brutality of such tests and became more aware of their danger. Sadly and unlike many European countries that banned the sale animal-testes cosmetics, the United States still approves on such processes. But, that doesn’t neglect the fact that many companies have developed a cruelty-free spirit and decided to go for non-cruel ways to test their new products.
Cruelty-Free products and animal testing truths
What is animal testing?
Animal testing is the use of non-human animals for experimentation; it’s a procedure conducted on living organisms for experimental purposes. Testing cosmetics on animals is a type of animal testing used to detect any hypoallergenic, cancerogenic or other harmful features the product may have.
In other words, it’s looking for any potential harm that may affect humans if the product is inhaled, ingested or came in touch with sensitive areas like eyes.
Is animal testing really indispensable?
Despite of the unethical feature the animal testing procedure has, it’s totally useless for safety reassurance. Animals are as affectionate creatures as us, but that doesn’t mean we’re symmetrical species.
Exposing animals to specific experiments may not lead to the same result that would occur with humans. Results from animal are not always accurate and reliable and can be really variable.
How is animal testing a lucrative business field for scientists and other groups?
Hypothetically speaking, animal testing may seem to follow one goal which is reassuring our safety as human beings. But, on the practical side, animal testing may be considered as a billion-dollar business field. It’s a whole grid of profiteers who make a lot of money under the name of science and protection of the law.
Scientists, animal breeders, academic institutions, Pharmaceutical companies, and even media and professional journals profit from animal testing.
Animal breeders for example profit from animal testing by selling required animals. As NAVS (the National anti-vivisection society) claimed, in 1999 mouse sales topped $200 million. Not to mention the suppliers of cages and essential equipment for testing who also make millions of dollars out of their high sales.
According to PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals), Marshall Farms, is one of the world’s largest breeders of beagles, ferrets, and hound dogs for sale to experimentation laboratories. The company also sells blood, blood products, and tissue derived from animals. With facilities in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, and India, Marshall is a global purveyor of misery and death.
How hospitals, academic institutions, universities profit from animal testing?
Actually, they profit from animal testing by receiving grants from the NIH (national institutes of health). According to PETA, each year in the United States, approximately 100 million different kind of non-human animal are tormented and killed in experiments.
Much of this cruelty is supported by the NIH, which allocates almost half of their annual research budget on animal experimentation. In 2010 the NIH budget saved for animal testing increased to 16 billion dollars.
What types of tests are practiced on animals?
The type of tests are many and have different purposes and methods, however, we will mention a few below:
- Skin sensitization: Skin sensitization is a kind of procedure conducted on mice and guinea pigs to detect allergic reactions. It’s represented in the injection of the test substance under the skin or direct application on the ear of a mouse. The animal may experience itchiness, inflammation, scaling, and ulcers.
- Corrosion (aka eye irritation): Corrosion is a kind of procedure conducted on rabbits to test eye irritation. The test substance is applied directly on the rabbit’s eye. The animal may experience bleeding, ulcers and blindness.
- Acute inhalation toxicity: It’s a procedure conducted on rats. The animal is forced to inhale the test substance; it may experience nose bleeding, convulsions, paralysis, seizures, and death.
Are there any alternatives to animal testing?
Of course, many companies have developed new and sufficient ways to experiment new ingredients or products instead of using animals. Based on the humane society of the U.S list, these are few alternatives that scientists could rely on when testing a new product:
- EpiSkin™, EpiDerm™ and SkinEthic—each composed of artificial human skin—can save thousands of rabbits each year from painful skin corrosion and irritation tests.
- The Bovine Corneal Opacity and Permeability
- Using blood from human volunteers
- The 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test
- The Reduced Local Lymph Node Assay
- Fish Threshold Method
Does the law support animal testing?
In 1966 the law welfare act was passed. It’s a law covering laboratory animals in the United States. However, the AWA (animal welfare act) is a limited law. It doesn’t prohibit any kind of animal treatment during the experience which grants the “scientists” to do as they please.
Moreover, the FDA supports the animal testing in one way or another. In their official website, the FDA confirms that animal testing by manufacturers seeking to market new products may be used to establish product safety. In some cases, after considering available alternatives, companies may determine that animal testing is necessary to assure the safety of a product or ingredient.
What are the companies that test on animals?
Many famous companies that billions of people love buying their products are still doing real brutal experiments on animals. PETA have established a group of companies that weren’t completely honest about this topic, they are present in the picture below:
Are the cruelty-free cosmetics safe enough to use?
All the alternatives used for product testing were approved by international regulatory authorities, they are totally safe and harmless and no complaints were mentioned.
Are cruelty-free cosmetics more expensive than regular cosmetics?
Not at all, Cruelty-free cosmetic brands are totally affordable and available wherever you go. Frequently used items like shampoo, hair conditioners, and body washes can be bought for less than 10 dollars. Brands like wet n wild, Jane cosmetics and E.L.F are known for being cruelty-free and generally affordable.
How can I purchase cruelty-free cosmetics?
That’s super easy, you can find out thanks to many websites that provide consumers with lists of cruelty-free products and makeup brands that don’t test on animals, however, we dedicated for you a 100% authentic list made by PETA.
You can check it out and see for yourself what companies you can trust from now on. You will find names like; AVEDA, LUSH, URBAN DECAY, PHYSIANS FORMULA, NYX, etc… Find out the full list here: PETA’s PDF list.