The Price of Beauty Animal Testing in the Cosmetic Industry Are They Worth it?
Animal Testing Animal testing is a multi billion dollar operation, using millions of animals each year Animals are used for the purpose of testing cosmetics and household products It is an antiquated method that causes immense pain and suffering
What’s Wrong with Testing? Dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, mice and monkeys are all used as test subjects for cosmetics. The pain and suffering they endure is limitlessly horrific Inexpensive, and more accurate testing is available. Animal testing in the cosmetic and household product industry is completely unnecessary
Why is Animal Testing is Wrong? 3 different types of testing are used for cosmetics and household products; Draize Eye Test, Draize Skin Test, and Acute Toxicity Inaccurate results Inexpensive, effective, and more accurate methods of testing available
Who Cares about Animal Testing? I’ve done countless hours of research, as well as actively avoided purchasing products that test since childhood Animal Testing has been the focus of attention for animal right’s activist groups for many years Ie. P.E.T.A. – People for the Ethic Treatment of Animals
Could you? Imagine allowing someone to pour Clorox in your pets eyes Imagine allowing someoneto dose your cat with a lethal injection…. …. Could you allow that? Would you allow that?
Draize Eye Test The Draize Eye Test used since 1944 substances and chemicals are placed in the animals eyes’, the subsequent deterioration is recorded The Draize Eye Test often causes swelling, inflammation of the iris, ulcers, hemorrhaging, and blindness The test can last from 72 hours up to 7-18 days Medications to control pain are rarely if ever used, the animal is left to suffer
Draize Skin Irritancy Test The animal is first shaved and then the skin is abraded by taking tape and applying it to freshly shaved skin, and ripping it off repeatedly until several layers are exposed The substance is then applied to the abraded skin and plastic film is wrapped around This test can last up to 14 days As will the Draize Eye Test, pain control medications are not used
Acute Toxicity Test The substance is pumped through a tube forced down the animals throat, injected into a vein, into their food, or inserted in the eyes, rectum or vagina Acute toxicity testing is used to determine how much of a substance it takes to kill the testing group The toxins often produce convulsions, diarrhea, laboured breathing, emaciation, constipation, bleeding from eyes, nose, and mouth, and ultimately death No pain medications are used to control the animal’s suffering
How Accurate are the Results of Animal Testing? Many scientists argue that because animals, though similar to humans, are not identical to humans and therefore any results obtained through animal testing can not be accurately applied to human use. Millions of rabbits are used in testing each year, most often for the Draize Eye Test Rabbits do not have tear ducts preventing the substance from leaving the eyes Results obtained are not accurate as a rabbits’ eyes and a humans eyes will react differently
What are the Alternatives? Inexpensive and more accurate testing methods are available; Tissue Cultures Donated corneas Computer based and mathematical models Human volunteers
Where do Research Facilities Acquire Animals? Many animals are bred specifically for research testing Certain states allow facilities to seize animals from local shelter Animals that have gotten lost, or put up for adoption end up in the hands of researchers instead of reunited with their families Others animals such as monkeys arrive from zoos, or other forms of captivity
Captivity Animals held in captivity for the purpose of research are: Often mishandled and abused by the “trained” handlers Not offered any form of exercise or companionship, Not offered accommodations that resemble their natural habitats Most animals become depressed, withdrawn, lonely, and will begin patterns of self destructive behaviour or become insane
What’s the Bottom Line? Animal testing is cruel and unusual With the availability of inexpensive alternatives it is unnecessary Millions of animals are subjected to torturous procedures every year Animal testing is not limited to “just rats and mice” it includes monkeys, domesticated dogs, and cats The dogs and cats which can be and are made readily available to research facilities for cosmetics and household product testing from state shelters
What Can I do? As audience members, you may feel that animal testing does not affect you, or your family, that there is no reason for you to worry about the products you buy… If it was your beloved family pet being subjected to these tests, would you feel differently? Companies such as Proctor & Gamble make millions each year off the products they test on animals If consumers refuse to buy the products because of their testing practices, the company will be forced to stop testing on animals As consumers it up to us to put a stop to cruel and unusual animal testing
IS THIS THE PRICE OF BEAUTY? Animals don’t have a voice, and can’t say no, but as a consumer YOU can! As consumers, we make the choice to support animal testing every time, a product is purchased by companies that actively test on animals. There are far more effective, inexpensive, humane alternatives that do not require animal test subjects