When it comes to cosmetics, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for making sure that the products put up on the market are safe to use. Although the FDA does not directly ban the utilization of animals for cosmetic testing purposes, “The FD&C Act does not specifically require the use of animals in testing cosmetics for safety” because there are many other enhanced alternatives to using our fuzzy little friends.
According to the last section of “Animal Testing” on the cosmetics page of their website:
“FDA supports the development and use of alternatives to whole-animal testing as well as adherence to the most humane methods available within the limits of scientific capability when animals are used for testing the safety of cosmetic products. We will continue to be a strong advocate of methodologies for the refinement, reduction, and replacement of animal tests with alternative methodologies that do not employ the use of animals” (FDA website).
For more information about the FDA, please visit their website at www.fda.gov.
Also, you can click the link below to see some alternatives to using animals in experiments: