Demand for clear, informing labelling on cosmetics tested on animals, now!

    Did you know that every 10 minutes, 137 animals suffer for our greed?

    115,000,000 animals are tested on each year in experiments worldwide. A few of these helpless animals are used in experiments which, although cruel, provide crucial results, such as medical testing. Others are used to research breeding, behaviour, natural science and new agriculture methods.

    Animals are imported and kept in cramped or otherwise inadequate accommodation, and their basic, primal needs, such as exercise, food, water and mental stimulation are often left
    unaccounted for.

    Too many of these victims- around 150,000 of these suffer due to our unnecessary vanity, and desire for beauty products- but can't safe, well known chemicals be used to create make up, body products and other cosmetics? Or better yet, less skin harming chemicals, and more natural products which benefits the skin and hair.

    Animals such as rabbits, mice, hamsters, guinea-pigs; cats and dogs are tested on to see if chemicals produce reactions such as skin irritation, eye irritation and toxicity. Skin may be burned, and blindness, internal bleeding, tissue/organ damage and eventually death. If the animal survives, it'll be psychologically traumatised before a researcher breaks it's neck, chokes it or decapitates it.

    We are able to create human skin cells, and other tissues, which can be used as ethical substitutes. And animals, are not biologically identical to humans, meaning that results may not even be accurate, meaning that the result may not even be accurate.

    The FDA policy on animal testing states:
    ''The FD&C Act does not specifically require the use of animals in testing cosmetics for safety, nor does the Act subject cosmetics to FDA premarket approval. However, the agency has consistently advised cosmetic manufacturers to employ whatever testing is appropriate and effective for substantiating the safety of their products. It remains the responsibility of the manufacturer to substantiate the safety of both ingredients and finished cosmetic products prior to marketing.
    Animal testing by manufacturers seeking to market new products may be used to establish product safety. In some cases, after considering available alternatives, companies may determine that animal testing is necessary to assure the safety of a product or ingredient. FDA supports and adheres to the provisions of applicable laws, regulations, and policies governing animal testing, including the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy of Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Moreover, in all cases where animal testing is used, FDA advocates that research and testing derive the maximum amount of useful scientific information from the minimum number of animals and employ the most humane methods available within the limits of scientific capability.''

    If people saw how ugly the cosmetic industry really is, perhaps they'd think twice before not bothering to check for the Cruelty Free logo. Many products are unclear on whether or not they or their sourced ingredients have caused suffering. Cigarette packaging has health warnings and images that explain the consequences of your actions, so why shouldn't cosmetics? We need to see what buying these products does to countless creatures across the globe, because we need to protect them from needless pain, and be able to make conscious, responsible decisions when it comes to purchasing these goods- their lives are in our hands: demand for clear, informing labelling on cosmetics tested on animals, now!
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