Animal Testing


Sometimes we don't think things through, even when it comes to beauty and makeup. I guess you love your lipstick, your amazing foundation or your i-don't-know-what infused face cream. But what if all these products you love so much, made innocent animals suffer or even die ? Would you still repurchase them? 

Sometimes we are ignorant. I bet there are people (mostly women) who actually never thought that MAYBE their natural bristle makeup brushes (usually made with goat hair) where manufactured not after "giving the goat a haircut" but after tearing the goat's skin apart. To your information, the goats and other animals used for their hair are not dead before their hair is extracted, but they die during the process. The proper word for that is torture.

Some interesting facts :

According to Leaping Bunny , more than 100 million animals are burnt, crippled, poisoned and abused every year in the United States ONLY!
Several cosmetic tests commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs include:
  1. skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief.
  2. repeated force-feeding studies that last weeks or months, to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards.
  3. widely condemned “lethal dose” tests, where animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine what dose causes death.
  4. In tests of potential carcinogens, subjects are given a substance every day for two years. Others tests involve killing pregnant animals and testing their fetuses.

What about China ?

Chinese law requires all finished cosmetic (including personal care) products sold into China to be tested on animals first. Thus it is clear that companies which export personal care products to sell on the Chinese market are unable to operate without testing on animals (even though it may be done through agents without their knowledge). We have, therefore, made it an explicit condition of certification that members do not export ‘cosmetic' products to sell on the Chinese market, unless they can show that they have been given exemption to not test on animals. Unfortunately some companies, including Caudalie, L’Occitane, Mary Kay and Yves Rocher have been unable to do this and, as a result, have had their certification suspended. We hope that as soon as China changes its regulations, so that no animal testing is required, a wider range of companies will conform to the standard.

Companies conducting animal testing are banned from this blog. 

You might agree too , but how are you supposed to know who's testing and who's not ? Overall, these major companies DO TEST ON ANIMALS (according to PETA's official lists).
You can consult this cruelty free shopping guide from Leaping Bunny as well as this one by PETA 

Procter and Gamble
L'oreal
Unilever
Henkel
Johnson & Johnson 
GlaxoSmithKline
Reckitt Benckiser
Schering-Plough
Bausch + Lomb
Merck
Dial
Beiersdorf Inc.
Elizabeth Arden
Shiseido
Vidal Sassoon 
Pfizer
Cover girl
Clorox

Some of you might say... but it has a label: Cruelty free! Non animal testing! yeah sure...

Due to the pressure from consumers,many cosmetic companies are placing labels on their products like: "cruelty free" and "not tested on animals." What do these labels actually mean? Some products with these labels have only used non-animal testing methods, but other's make the claim and then sneak around the issue. In some cases, the individual ingredients have been tested on animals in the past, but not the final product. Other companies hire labs to do the testing and then they just stick the "cruelty free" label on their packaging. 

And how NO animal testing companies test ? 

The main non-animal test employed in cosmetic laboratories today is called the Neutral Red Uptake Assay. This test essentially uses cells in a glass dish. The chemicals in cosmetics are then added to the dishes. A special dye that reacts differently to dead and live cells is added. The researchers then analyze the results with a computer to determine the risk a chemical will have on the cells. These types of tests are known as in vitro, a method which literally translates to "in glass."



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