Attention! Animal Cruelty 

By Cynthia Andary

The use of animals in scientific experimentation dates back to 500 B.C. in ancient Greece. Animal testing procedures are used in order to conduct research on basic biology and diseases to evaluate medications and test the safety of consumer and industrial goods like cosmetics, household cleaners, and food additives for both human health and the environment. Animals most commonly used in invasive makeup tests are rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and rats. They are subjected to various torturous tests over the course of months and weeks that cause distress, excruciating pain, blindness, irritated and bleeding skin, internal bleeding, and even death. 

Although the Food and Drug Administration does not require that animal tests be conducted to demonstrate that cosmetics are safe, it was found that 88% of cosmetic brands do so. Some of the biggest names in the cosmetics industry, like MAC, L’Oreal, Benefit, Lancome, Maybelline, La Mer, and Revlon, test their products on animals. Incorporating ingredients that have a long history of being used safely and do not require further testing can help businesses ensure the safety of their goods. Companies can invest in creating non-animal tests as they experiment with new product ingredients. These contemporary substitutes can more accurately reflect how people react to the components. These cutting-edge methods, which replace outdated animal experiments that were created decades ago, are what science has to offer today. Consider supporting cruelty-free cosmetic companies instead like e.l.f, Too Faced, Milani, Tarte, Smashbox, NYX, Nars, Anastasia, and more. These brands perform  product studies with human participants, human cells and tissues, and  advanced computer modeling methods.