How many scarred animals will it take till enough is enough? Is your shade of pink lipstick or your perfect concealer worth the abuse animals have to go undergo? When will it stop? Animals experience daily testing for cosmetics products constantly which is considered inhumane and unethical. Many different species go through various testing, but some of the most common testing is done on; mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Do these look like animals that deserve this kind of torture? The type of abuse whether it is mentally or physically on any animal can be detrimental to their health. Testing for cosmetic use is not only unnecessary, but can also be inconclusive depending on the nature and behavior of the animal at the time the study is being conducted. Having a concrete answer if a product is safe for human use is not achievable by using animals, in my opinion, based on the substantial difference in environments, and types of breeds.Whether it be a reptile or mammal, specific characteristics due to climate factors, stress, and many other reasons whether it be internally or physically.
Cosmetic testing is a huge controversial topic in many people’s opinion, it is inhumane and unethical. Throughout the years, animals have always been the number one source to test makeup, soap, and perfume products prior to introducing the products for human use. So why do you think that is? Many of the animals used in these testing experience significant physical harm in form of burns, open wounds, and even death. Along with the physical findings, these animals also endure severe internal affects. Which begs the question, how does the internal stress factor into the finding, or is it even considered? If an animal hasn’t eaten for days, hasn’t seen sunlight, or even been exposed to the same environmental changes we have, how can it make any of the test concrete? Everyday, there is new change that affects people whether it is a new environmental change, nutritional, or an internal change from using a different product. How can one be sure that a product is “safe” based on findings in a controlled study on a specific animal that has been forcefully introduced to a product. Animal testing for a “personal use” and not a medical purpose isn’t necessary because there are too many factors in which the test can be inconclusive. In my opinion alternative approaches other than testing on animals can produce more concrete research, and possible significantly better findings on how the product works and possible interactions.
Animals go through endless amounts of torture and it all starts with them being shoved into a small cage in the laboratories. Although there may be some similarities in animal and human characteristics there is a larger margin based on the type of animal to allow for an effective study. There are several characteristics that animals have that humans don’t. First off, animals have fur covering a layer before they get to their skin making the exposure to temperatures and environments completely different from humans. One may argue and say, “well we have hair protecting our skin from certain particles”, but having such a small amount of hair isn’t necessarily comparable to the thick layer of fur most animals have. “The main reason for the discrepancy is thought to be related to a higher susceptibility of the rabbit to skin reactions, possibly due to the differences in skin structure between humans and rabbits (Macfarlane, Martin).” This quote proves that many have argued this topic before and the skin differences are obvious. Next, most of these animals live in a small cages hidden inside a laboratory not exposed to direct sunlight or other environmental factors humans are exposed to everyday. Lastly, animals do not have the same nutritional base that humans do and research shows that nutrition can essentially affect all aspects of your body whether it is physically shown or internally undergoing a change it can significantly impact ones health.
Animal testing is completely inhumane for many reasons. As stated above one of the biggest reasons is that animals undergo a lot of stress due to all the different products being tested on them. Many of these products tend to cause skin irritations and are done over and over again until the company gets it right, but does it really give them an accurate testing? Testing these animals continuously can change the animal health permanently and can even cause death. Living conditions like I’ve stated are completely different then those of humans. “They spend their lives in barren cages, unable to make choices or express natural behaviors. Most never experience fresh air or sunshine, only bars and concrete (Betham, Jeremy).” We do not go through the emotional stress they do living in a cage in a secluded room for our whole lives. When animals are in cages the stress can also affect their eating habits. If their eating habits are affected, it can cause the animals to not get the proper nutrition, in turn affecting the results of the testing. Animal testing for cosmetics, is not an effective or conclusive way to test products. It is not safe for the animal, nor the the consumer using the product. Many would argue that this method is safer then testing on humans, but the dissimilarities surpass the similar traits to humans.
To ban animal testing for cosmetics is important because it is completely unethical and inhumane. Anyone who has a pet themselves will readily agree that they would never want to put their pet into an environment that lab animals are forced to live within. There are many ways to study the effects on consumer products other than animal testing. Alternatives that cosmetic products could use is by testing on cells and straying away from testing on an actual animal itself. If more people were informed about the conditions and treatment of lab animals are forced to endure for our personal use many would start using cruelty free products. “What consumers need to do is show a strong preference for cruelty-free cosmetics,” (Kangas, Cathy), by buying cruelty free products, it could persuade the creators of products to stop using animals for testing methods to please their customers.
Macfarlane, Martin, et al. “A tiered approach to the use of alternatives to animal testing for the safety assessment of cosmetics: skin irritation.” Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology 54.2 (2009): 188-196.
Kangas, Cathy. “Cosmetics Industry and Animal Testing.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 27 Jan. 2016. Web. 07 Nov. 2017 /.latest_citation_text
Betham, Jeremy. “Harm and Suffering | Animal Use in Research.” Harm and Suffering | Animal Use in Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.
Fig 1. Cruelty Free Bunny