Every year, more than 100 million animals suffer at the hands of the cosmetic, drug, and food industries. These animals are exposed to aggressive eye and skin irritation tests, where chemicals are rubbed onto shaved parts of their skin and chemicals are force-fed to determine lethal doses. Mice, rats, guinea pigs, dogs, and rabbits are often the most commonly used animals in these experiments. Before we dive on into some cruelty-free cosmetics brands, here are some facts about animal testing within the cosmetics industry:
- 92% of experimental drugs that are tested on animals for cosmetic purposes and are deemed “safe” end up failing in human trials because results show that they are ineffective or dangerous.
- Up to 90% of animals used in U.S laboratories are not taken into consideration in the official statistics of animals tested each year, because labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act. Other animals that are often found in cosmetic laboratories include more controversial animals such as dogs, cats, ferrets, pigs, sheep, and chimpanzees.
- During cosmetics research, animals are subjected to aggressive clinical experiments for new mascaras, eyeshadows, and shampoos, that often include testing new drugs, burning skin, maiming, blinding, and poisoning for toxicity testing.
- The European Union banned the sale of new cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Does anyone else feel like moving?
- The United States does not legally require cosmetics to be tested on animals. Alternatives to the aforementioned chemical tests include the use of reconstituted human skin donated from cosmetic surgeries.
- China legally requires all cosmetics that enter the country to be tested on animals. The Chinese government may also pull cosmetic products on store shelves to test on animals, so even if a company doesn’t test their products on animals themselves, if they sell products in China they cannot be considered ‘cruelty free’.
- According to the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program, which administers a cruelty-free standard and internationally recognized “Leaping Bunny” logo for companies producing cruelty-free cosmetics, in order to be considered a cruelty-free company, no animal testing is permitted in any phase of product development. Not only can there be no animal testing by the company itself, but the company’s laboratories and suppliers are prohibited from participating in animal testing as well.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Kat Von D Beauty
Wet n’ Wild
Soap & Glory
First Aid Beauty
Anastasia Beverly Hills
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