The ways animals are tested are extremely cruel and inhumane. For example, rabbits have chemicals dripped into their eyes or rubbed into their shaved skin. This is tremendously painful for the rabbits, which often scream and break their necks or backs in a struggle to escape restraints. Various types of rodents have substances forced down their throats or injected into their blood. Even pregnant animals are dosed with chemicals to test the effects on their unborn babies.
These horrendous experiments don’t have to take place. Animal testing is not even required to sell merchandise in the United States. All a company needs is to guarantee that their product is not going to be harmful to humans. Plus, new ways of testing cosmetics are being developed. Artificial skin made from human cells can be used to test any type of eye or skin irritation. The John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing has proven that evolving non-animal tests are much cheaper, faster, and more accurate.
Children are worried about the brutal testing of beauty products on animals. Willa Pittman, 11, found this out while watching a movie. Becoming curious, Willa asked her mom if she owned any cosmetics that were tested on animals. She said yes. Willa declared, “Beauty products are dangerous and should not be tested on animals.”
Millions of animals shouldn’t have to die to satisfy our need to look “pretty” or “beautiful.” Patricia Pineau, director of scientific communications with L’Oreal’s research department in Paris, says, “Beauty cannot be linked to pain.” This is so true, and the scientists carrying out the malicious processes are just downright mean bullies in my eyes.
The European Union has already taken action by outlawing many types of animal testing for the purpose of cosmetics. By mid-2013, the practice may be completely prohibited. Even the United States has started to take action. California, New York, and New Jersey have already banned the use of animal testing for cosmetics. Why not begin influencing the rest of the country to do so? This could spread farther than just the United States, maybe even the whole world. It could take many years to officially ban this practice in America, but it would be worth it. So, let’s make a change. Let’s save some lives.