Effects Of Cosmetic Testing On Animals

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Cosmetic testing on animals causes more harm than good because of the unnecessary pain inflicted towards the animal, increasing costs of animal testing, and the unreliable comparison between animals and humans. In my opinion, testing cosmetic products on animals is not a necessity. No animal should have to die because of volumizing mascara or coconut scented shampoo. Products used on the skin or near the eyes should logically already be safe and should not have dangerous ingredients in them that require testing. Europe, Canada, and even China have already banned animal testing for cosmetics and refuse to purchase products that continue to test on animals. The United States however, continues to use animal testing for cosmetics despite the growing …show more content…
“Animal welfare groups work to protect the safety and well-being of animals” (Watson). Each organization provides insight into the harmful effects cosmetic testing has on animals. Beauty without Cruelty is a natural product industry that provides cosmetics that have all natural ingredients and have never been tested on animals. The company was originally created in 1959, when it first invented and popularized the term, “Cruelty Free.” According to Geri Fennessey, in the article “Color Me Kind,” the BWC was first created as a “charitable organization to promote animal rights and to provide sanctuary for animals in need.” When the founder of the organization, Muriel Lady Dowding discovered the cosmetic industry was performing animal testing she created the “Beauty without Cruelty” cosmetic company. The company provides cosmetic products that are not only natural, but …show more content…
These chemicals are still tested on animals today. In the article, “Cruelty Free Beauty,” Karyn Siegal-Maier describes the process of testing LD50 and Draize. According to Siegal-Maier, the LD50 test’s groups of animals ranging from 20 to 100 who are “force-fed” the chemical to measure the toxicity levels. The dosage is increased each time to a more dangerous level. After the test is completed over half of the animals are deceased. Before the animals die they often suffer from “convulsions, diarrhea, organ rupture, and internal bleeding for weeks, sometimes months” (Siegal-Maier). The leading problem with the test is it does not provide any evidential proof about the amount of chemical that will kill a human, only the amount necessary to kill a rabbit or dog. The chemical Draize is also tested on rabbits for eye irritancy. The Draize test blinds thousand of rabbits annually for the sake of fragrances and mascara. The test is conducted by dropping the substance into the rabbit’s eyes, while the rabbit is restrained. For 3 to 21 days the rabbit’s eyes are held shut to observe the damage caused by the chemical, often resulting in loss of sight (Siegal-Maier). The Draize test is highly controversial because rabbit eyes are entirely different from human eyes. A rabbit’s eye doesn’t have tear ducts, which

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