Cosmetic Animal Testing

Cosmetic animal testing still occurs for products that don't legally require testing. We are still subjecting animals to brutal tests for such products as eye shadow,and lipstick. Learn more.

There are tests run on helpless animals for everything from eye shadow and soap to furniture polish and oven cleaner. Millions of animals suffer in these tests and the results do not help prevent or treat human illness or injury. It is still going on.

Following is an example of an "eye irritantcy" test:

"In these tests, a liquid, flake, granule, or powdered substance is dropped into the eyes of a group of albino rabbits. The animals are often immobilized in stocks from which only their heads protrude. They usually receive no anesthesia during the tests. After placing the substance in the rabbits' eyes, laboratory technicians record the damage to the eye tissue at specific intervals over an average period of 72 hours, with tests sometimes lasting 7 to 18 days. Reactions to the substances include swollen eyelids, inflamed irises, ulceration, bleeding, massive deterioration, and blindness. During the tests, the rabbits' eyelids are held open with clips. Many animals break their necks as they struggle to escape."ยน

The best site on the Internet for information and specifics about the companies that are still using animal testing for cosmetics, personal care and household products that are not required by law to be tested, is the PETA Web site. Enter the word PETA into almost any search engine to find the current URL of PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) It is very interesting to see the various companies that do, (and here is the good news) and DO NOT, test on animals! And yes, we have made progress towards stopping this torture, but don't be fooled; It still goes on!

1. People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals, Factsheets: Animal Experimentation,

Sept. 5, 2000.

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