Ninety-four percent of animal testing is done to determine the safety of cosmetics and household products – leaving only 6% for medical research.

Millions of animals are helplessly tortured & killed during tests for cosmetics and household products.beagletorture

Unfortunately the U.S. is still home to many companies who continue to legally perform horrible test on animals even though the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn’t require animal testing for cosmetics or household products!

Most of the animals that are used in testing are bred just for testing (beagles) but many others come from the pound.

The LD50 test short for lethal dose, is one of the worst tests that was developed back in 1927 and is still in use today. Groups of animals are dosed with different amounts of a test substance in order to determine the dose which kills half of the animals!  Animals are often force-fed the substance.

Many cosmetics still use animals to test their products. What does this involve exactly? The animals are often shaved and some beauty product is rubbed into their skin and left there. This method ensures that there are no allergic reactions.

How cruel do these tests get?

One of the most popular tests up until recent times, called the Draize test, involves applying chemicals and beauty products directly into rabbits’ eyes.

From PETA:

Draize eye irritancy test, in which cosmetics, dishwashing liquid, drain cleaner, and other substances are dripped into the animal’s’ eyes, often causing redness, swelling, discharge, ulceration, haemorrhaging, cloudiness, or blindness.

  • Animal experiments can be replaced by at least 450 methods known at this time.

Are we ready to finally say, “No more animal cruelty?”

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