Over 100 million animals are harmed or killed every year in food, drug, cosmetic, and other product-testing experiments. They are locked up in cages alone and scared, awaiting their destiny to be poked and prodded as experimental specimens. They feel immense amounts of pain as they are poisoned, blinded, and abused during these harsh procedures. Why do we do this? For us, it’s more convenient to test the upcoming products on these animals rather than risk our own health or use other methods.
You may be wearing cosmetics right now as you read this. You probably haven’t taken the time to see if any animals were harmed in the making of those specific products. Do you know what all those mice, birds, or other experimental animals went through in order to wear that product on your face today? Click here to read more about the procedures of cosmetic testing on animals. The safety of your favorite mascara does not justify the death and abuse of animals.
Furthermore, testing products on animals so we can later utilize these items is ineffective. All species have different genomes which is why testing on one specie can’t predict the results of another specie. Animals are going to have different reactions to cosmetic products than we do. Not only is testing these products on animals dangerous for the little creatures at the time of experimentation, it is also dangerous for ourselves if the test results don’t accurately predict our reaction and safety toward the product.
Click here to see more cosmetic testing facts from the In Defense of Animals (IDA) website.