When shopping for cosmetics, most women look for products to give them a shine-free appearance, longer eye lashes or a plump pout. What you probably don’t think about is whether or not this product was tested on animals.
Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing for cosmetics, and alternative testing methods are widely available and often lead to more reliable results. Before you make your next cosmetics purchase, here’s a few facts about animal testing that you should know from dosomething.org:
1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.
2. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.
3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
4. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.
5. It’s mandatory for all products to be tested on animals in China. Meanwhile, the European Union issued a ban on the sale of new cosmetics that are tested on animals.
Don’t be cruel. Choose natural and organic beauty products that bear the leaping bunny symbol and contact your favorite beauty brands to ask them to stop testing on animals if they do.