Today I want to share some facts that made me want to only buy products that are not tested on animals. Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve done my best to find cruelty-free alternatives for all of my favourite products.
Here are some facts about the cruel industry of animal testing:
- More than 100 million animals die in the U.S. each year for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing. These animals are poisoned, blinded, burned, shocked, starved, isolated, tortured, and killed.
- There are no laws protecting animals used for experimentation from the most horrific abuse. About 95 % of animals used for experiments are not protected by law, so anything can be done to them.
- Painkillers are not required for animals being tested on.
- Animals used in experiments include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, ferrets, birds, pigs, sheep, monkeys, chimpanzees, cats, and dogs. Monkeys, cats, and dogs are not used to test cosmetics, but they are used to test other types of chemicals.
- Animals endure pain from chemicals dripped into their eyes and are force-fed many different chemicals. Many times this causes blindness, swollen and infected eyes, painful bleeding skin, internal bleeding, organ damage, birth defects, convulsions, and death.
- Animals used for experiments are many times killed when they are no longer needed. They are commonly killed by asphyxiation, neck-breaking, or decapitation.
- Most of the time it’s up to the company if they are going to test on animals, not because of law. Some companies who do test on animals do it because they want to use “new” ingredients. These ingredients have no safety data, so to be considered “safe”, they are tested on animals.
- Many animals are kept confined to small spaces, causing them to go insane.
- Many products that are tested on animals are found to be not safe in human trials.
- Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in 28 countries; however, it remains legal in most other countries. It’s not required, like I said it’s typically up to the company, but it is completely legal.
- Many companies choose to continue testing on animals, or start testing on animals, to follow laws in certain countries just so that they can make a bigger profit. It’s all about money, not public safety.
- Animal tests are completely unnecessary; many products that make it to store shelves are still dangerous, especially if ingested.
This is only a small view of this industry. It’s a gross industry that will eventually end. Every product that was tested on animals that you don’t buy, is helping to end this horrific industry. And every cruelty-free product that you do buy, is showing that there is a market for cruelty-free products. Please don’t ever think that you’re just one person and that you’re not making a difference by choosing to buy cruelty-free alternatives, because you are making a difference!
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