Cosmetics And Animal Testing

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Animal Experimentation in Cosmetics and Household Items In the era of anti-animal testing, the cosmetic industry has taken a lot of wrath from animal activist. When looking at the list of accomplishments researchers and scientists have made in the medical field because of animal testing, it is difficult to make a lawful argument as to why one would be against it (Harvard, 1999). However, animal testing in the cosmetic industry is viewed as excessive, unnecessary, and remains to be highly frowned upon. Many men and women are under the impression that the products in their cosmetic bag are 100% free of animal testing because of what the sticker on the back claims and unfortunately that is not the case. In the United States, The Food and Drug …show more content…
Buying unsafe food from the grocery store is not a fear citizens in America have because of the set stands the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food to pass before being released. The main property that requires testing is the “food additives.” Food additives are any substance that is added to a certain food to enhance the flavor or appearance. Food additives may also have preserving and nutritional factors as well. Animal research is used for food additives to ensure they are safe for humans and animals to consume and that the nutritional claims are the back of the box are actually true (U.S. National Library of …show more content…
Many people are under the impression that animal testing and experimentation is done in a cruel, inhumane, and unlawful way. Animal researchers are constantly put under false accusations claiming they are intentionally causing additional pain to the animals and fortunately, that statement could not be more untrue. In 1966, the Animal Welfare Act was passed. The Animal Welfare Act sets standards, rules, and regulations for every aspect of animal testing such as, handling, housing, transportation, feeding, veterinary care, and rules for using pain-relieving drugs. Along with these set standards, it also states that before experimenting with animals, the researcher must first consider other non-animal options and then if there is no other suitable choice for the experimentation, the researcher must first meet with a licensed veterinarian experienced with laboratory animals before beginning any experimentation (Science, Medicine, and Animals, pg. 21). Along with the Animal Welfare Act comes the Health Research Extension Act, passed in 1985. “The law requires that the guidelines address appropriate use of tranquilizers, analgesics, anesthetics, paralytics, and euthanasia, and appropriate pre-surgical and post-surgical veterinary medical and nursing care for animals” (National Institutes of Health, 2011). As well as laws regulating animal researching and experimentation on the animals

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