An end to barbarism is on the horizon

February 5, 2013

Kudos to the EU for taking giant strides toward the end of the Barbaric practice of animal testing.  Beginning March 11, 2013, there will be a ban on animal testing for beauty products and toiletries.

Here in the United States approximately 20 million animals are used in research.  The FDA does not require animal testing on personal care products, it is largely done for defense against future lawsuits.  Companies want to show that they did “all they could to determine safety.” It’s done out of tradition and there’s money in it.

There are numerous companies that proudly label “Not Tested on Animals” on their products. Big ones, like Bath & Body Works, Paul Mitchell, The Body Shop, Pur Minerals, Physicians Formula, and Aveda. Why does Maybelline need to? And why can’t MAC and Urban Decay demand better products from their suppliers in China? (and do you really want your cosmetics coming from China?)

There are a number of viable alternatives that are likely to produce more accurate safety data:  chemical assay tests, tissues, cell and organ culture systems, cloned human skin cells and patches, computer and mathematical models.

Please be a conscientious consumer. Please read labels. Please demand we move in the same direction. 

It’s just needless suffering. Anyone that’s ever loved a bunny, a cat, a mouse, a rat, or a dog knows that they feel affection, pain and fear.

Is your mascara worth that?


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