Did you ever stop to think about how many products you use in a day? You most likely use shampoo, conditioner, and soap in the shower. Once you’re good and clean, on goes the moisturizer, deodorant, and hair gel (Oh my!). Don’t forget your makeup! You get the point. Most people use multiple hygiene products or cosmetics in their daily routine.
Now, how many of those products were tested on animals or contain ingredients that were? The Humane Society International estimates that 100,000-200,000 animals suffer and die every year due to animal testing worldwide.
Earlier this month, The Humane Cosmetics Act was re-introduced to Congress by Rep. Don Beyer and Martha McSally to put an end to Animal Testing in the United States, once and for all!
“Rep. Don Beyer today joined Arizona Representative Martha McSally today to introduce legislation to phase out and ultimately end the practice of testing the safety of cosmetics on animals in the United States. The Humane Cosmetics Act would prohibit selling or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if any component of the final product was developed or manufactured using animal testing.”
Check out the official press release here.
What exactly is animal testing? Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice are used for skin and eye irritation tests in which the products or chemicals being studied are rubbed into their skin and eyes to observe the results. The animals may also be force fed products and chemicals to determine the “lethal dose” and to observe illness, birth defects, and other health effects. Can you imagine being trapped in a cage for your entire life and subjected to this kind of torture?
Read more about Animal Testing from The Humane Society International, here.
By now, most people would agree that animal testing is cruel, but is it necessary? The answer is no. The FDA does not require animal testing in the United States. From a scientific perspective, animal testing yields inconclusive results due to the fact that animals respond differently to chemicals than humans. If a shampoo does not irritate the eyes of a rabbit, that does not necessarily mean that it will be safe for human eyes. If a deodorant burns the skin of an animal, it may not do the same to a human. Thousands of ingredients have already been proven to be safe for human use, making animal testing an unnecessary and antiquated practice.
Do you agree that animal testing should be eliminated in the United States? Let’s join the growing list of countries that have already gone cruelty-free! Please sign this petition in support of the Humane Cosmetics Act and tell Congress that Animal Testing must be eliminated!
Ready to find fabulous cruelty-free companies and products? Click here to find Leaping Bunny certified products and companies or order PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide (it’s free!). Other great resources for finding vegan makeup and household products include Vegan Beauty Review and Logical Harmony.
Together, we can save countless animals from animal testing! True beauty is cruelty-free!