South Africa: Stop the unnecessary and cruel testing of cosmetics on animals

  • By: Jill Vickerman
  • Target: Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

Ms Joemat-Pettersson MP

We are asking for your help to stop the unnecessary use of animals for the testing of cosmetics in South Africa.

We would like everyone to know that there are numerous alternatives to animal testing, which have been proven to produce accurate results, beauty shouldn’t cost the lives of animals nor should it torture them. More and more South Africans are looking for cosmetics that are not tested on animals

In South Africa although they are not required by law, several tests are commonly performed by exposing mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals to cosmetics ingredients. For instance  chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits, they are not given any pain relief and at the end of a test the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation, and this is done for apparently no reason at all.

 Why do we still allow it in our country?

 After 23 years the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments has succeeded in banning the use of animals in cosmetics testing in all member countries of the European Union. 

 Please let us see South Africa following suit and banning this outdated and cruel practise.

Thank you very much

 

Ms Joemat-Pettersson MP



We are asking for your help to stop the unnecessary use of animals for the testing of cosmetics in South Africa.



We would like everyone to know that there are numerous alternatives to animal testing, which have been proven to produce accurate results, beauty shouldn’t cost the lives of animals nor should it torture them. More and more South Africans are looking for cosmetics that are not tested on animals



In South Africa although they are not required by law, several tests are commonly performed by exposing mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals to cosmetics ingredients. These are extremely cruel - for instance  chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits, they are not given any pain relief and at the end of a test the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation, and this is done for apparently no reason at all.



 Why do we still allow it in our country?



 After 23 years the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments has succeeded in banning the use of animals in cosmetics testing in all member countries of the European Union. 



 Please let us see South Africa following suit and banning this outdated and cruel practise.



 Thank you very much





 

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