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Essay On Animal Testing For Cosmetics

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We Must Eliminate Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Jane goes to work everyday at an animal-testing lab. She pours liquids used in eyeliner into the eyes of numerous albino rabbits. The rabbits' eyes are held open with clips so that for the 72 hour test period, the rabbits can't even blink. The rabbits' bodies are in a box so that only their head protrudes. Jane watches the rabbits and records how the rabbits’ eyes react. She observes as the rabbits’ eyes bleed intensely. Some eyes become extremely deteriorated, and some rabbits even become blind due to the toxicity of the liquid being tested. As she walks down the line writing down what each rabbit's reaction is, Jane notices many rabbits have broken their own necks trying to escape the…show more content…

There are many alternatives to testing on live animals in today’s world.

Animal testing is often not the most accurate method of testing. The results from many tests differ from laboratory to laboratory, and animal to animal. Whether the product was proven to be safe or not is often times questionable ("Product…"). It is true that many rabbits are bred so that their genetic makeup is nearly identical. However, often times this is not a very good strategy because the genetic makeup of every human is different.

Companies who do not animal test can still be on the top of the world of cosmetics. The Body Shop, Avon and Estee Lauder are just three of the 500 companies who are cruelty free ("Product…", "What…"). Most of these manufacturers are still competing against many companies, who do animal tests, for the top spots in the world of cosmetics. Many people argue that the animal testing companies got where they are today by animal testing. This may be true, but in years past, there were not as many alternatives to animal testing as there are today.

The creation of a new product, should not cause animals to suffer and die. Because humans want a new lip color or a new type of eyeliner, does not mean that numerous animals should be immensely tortured and at times to death. Many argue that in order to ensure the safety

Do you have a pet? A bunny or a dog or maybe even a rat or mouse. Well picture your pet locked up in a cage while someone puts their designer makeup product on it, to make sure its not poisonous or harmful. Not the best picture right? Well you can help, animals everyday are testing for makeup products and different drugs that are not even useful or needed in our lives. If you have a pet, or you know someone who has a pet you understand, even if your not that big of an animal lover, we are animals too, and animals should not have to suffer for makeups companies and cosmetics. Product testing on animals is immoral.

Animals in the lab are treated awfully. During animal testing, animals are infected with diseases, force fed, kittens are purposely made blind and rats are forced to suffer seizures over and over again. Animals have to go through repeated surgery and are purposely poisoned. There is no end to the pain that animals in a lab go through. Animals that are used for drug testing are given diseases and infections, then euthanized, in labs animals are injected with a disease so that the cure can be tested. In cosmetic tests, caustic substances are placed in the eyes of conscious rabbits to evaluate damage to sensitive eye tissues. This is extremely painful for the rabbits, who often scream when the substances are applied and sometimes break their necks or backs trying to escape the restraints. It is inhumane to purposely give an animal a disease or infection or put something on them that will harm them. Animal testing kills 25-50 billion animals a year, and many others are harmed and injured as well. Animals in labs go through endless amount of pain and suffering for useless reasons. Even when they are not being tested on they are treated badly, they are kept in cages that are way to small, and depending on the experiment, they are hardly fed at all.

Products that are tested on animals are mostly inaccurate. Only 8% of the products that are tested are not passed by the FDA and 92% of them end up being harmful, poisonous, or deadly. They can also end up being more harmful then do any good. In 2004 painkillers were testing on animals and it caused 140,000 people to have a stroke or a heart attack, and 60,000 were fatal. For animal testing the highest percentage of animals that are used is rats and mice, even rats and mice tend to have different reactions to certain drugs or products. The age, sex and species effects the reaction. Lethal Dosage (LD) tests are used to determine the amount of a substance that will kill a predetermined ratio of animals. For example during the LD50 test subjects were forced to ingest poisonous products until half of them die. Reactions to LD tests are, eye bleeding, eye paralysis and vomiting.

Some people feel that product and cosmetic testing on animals is necessary for humans health and safety, but there are alternatives. Non-animal testing methods are more reliable and less expensive. These other methods make use of cell and skin tissue cultures, corneas from eye banks, and sophisticated computer and mathematical models. Some companies avoid any testing by using non-toxic natural ingredients or ingredients that have already been safety-approved by the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. Gordon Baxter, co-founder of Pharmagene Laboratories, which uses only computers and human tissues to create and test drugs once said, “If you have information on human genes, what’s the point of going back to animals?”

Animals are tortured and killed in the labs, and even worse, they are killed for nothing because half of the tests are inaccurate. If there are other ways to test products, why would you use animals. Ways that you can stop animal testing is to not buy products or makeups that test on animals. Let companies that are testing on animals know that you wont buy their products!

Thanks for reading!!

~Flamestorm