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Cosmetic Testing on Animals


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Imagine you’re buying makeup from Sephora or face wash from Neutrogena. Some of your favorite make up brands like MAC, Maybelline, Cover Girl, and L’Oreal wouldn’t be in those stores without it being tested to see the dangers of the chemicals. Most testing is done on the animals that all humans love. Such like rabbits, quinea pigs, dogs, cats, and other possible ones.

Many still continue to test on animals because they insist on developing new ingredients for their products. It does not require animals to be tested to be conducted to demonstrate that are cosmetics are safe The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, that was regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the sale of mislabeled cosmetics. They “claim” they have to test on animals because they sell their merchandises to countries like China, where animal testing is still required by the law. In an online article called China Law Blog, Dan Harris wrote that “China’s animal testing requirement means that our clients must choose between (1) not shipping their products in large quantities to China, (2) conducting animal testing on their products in China so as to secure government approval for their sale in China, or (3) re-branding their products for China and conducting animal testing on them.”

Cover Girl, Revlon, and Tressemme do skin and eye irritation test, where chemicals are brushed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of reserved rabbits without any pain relief. They do repeat force feed studies which last weeks or even months just to look for signs of general illness or specific hazards such like cancer or birth defects. Animals are also forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that can cause death.

“A lot of animals are killed during these test. Because they are not treated fairly and probably don’t even get pain medicine for all the pain the chemical are doing to them. They do not have protection” said by Chantell Norman, a PMHS graduate.

The test cause death usually by asphyxiation, neck-breaking, or decapitation. Companies do not provide pain relief to the animals. In the United States, a very large percentage of animals that are used in testing are not counted in official statistics. The animals do not have any protection under the Animal Welfare Act. Animal test have well-known scientific limits, was regulated by the FDA. Different species can respond to the test differently from each other when they are exposed to the chemicals. In an article by the Humane Society, it states “species can respond differently from each other and importantly different from Human” which shows that animal testing is not even relevant for the safety of humans. It can either be a really hazard to people or not a hazard to people at all. Animal testing is really hard to interpret.

“Manufacturers of cosmetics have the option to use non-animal methods to produce safety.” Said by Freshman Savannah London.

In the United States the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no longer supports use of the LD-50 test. The online article Canadian Centre for Occupational health and safety says “LD stands for Lethal Dose. LD50 is the amount of a material, given all at once, which causes the death of 50% (one half) of a group of test animals. The LD50 is one way to measure the short-term poisoning potential (acute toxicity) of a material. “Even the FDA does not use the test any longer, but still accepts LD-50 test data from manufactures. Naturewatch is launching a campaign against all multinational companies that continue to test on animals anywhere in the world. Many of them even have their own animal research facilities. Companies like L’Oréal are wasting no time in speed up their expansion into China, the world’s second-biggest economy. Over 400 beauty products were introduced into China in the past year. Which translates more than 300,000 animals are suffering and dying in the cruel test testing the products. How would you feel being manipulated and being tested on for products that you cannot even use? With the possibility of being harmed and even death.



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