How is makeup tested on animals? Prepare to be horrified

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Animal testing has been a hot topic for many years – some argue that it is necessary to make cosmetics safe for humans, while others, more rational, attest that such testing is needlessly cruel and ineffective . Even if your opinion falls somewhere in the middle, learning exactly how makeup is tested on animals could help you understand just how inhuman the process really is.

How is makeup tested on animals?

According to Fine, the most common animal “test subjects” for cosmetics are mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Tests are performed to determine the toxicity of a product and to observe any skin or eye irritation. Some of them find themselves seriously injured by this testing methodology, and sometimes the reaction is so severe that it can lead to death.

Testing methods vary depending on the animal. According to International cruelty-free, the guinea pigs are shaved, before being smothered with cosmetic compounds, to see if there is an allergic reaction. Rats, on the other hand, are forced to eat or inhale active cosmetic ingredients. They too have the potentially toxic compounds rubbed on their skin, often for up to three months. Pregnant rats are subjected to the same tests and are then euthanized with their unborn babies after approximately 21 days.

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Mice experience almost exactly the same abuse as rats and guinea pigs, on their ears. According to International cruelty-free, rabbits are also exposed to the same compounds as others, but because they are a little more resistant, they are forced to take this abuse for a minimum of 28 days and up to 90. Pregnant rabbits and their offspring are also euthanized after the tests.

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Cosmetic testing for dogs and cats is rare these days, but scientists used kittens for parasite testing until the process was banned. As you may have noticed, animals that do not perish throughout the testing process are usually killed afterwards, often inhumanely and without any form of pain relief.

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What is cruelty-free makeup tested on?

As a general rule, makeup classified as cruelty-free is not tested on animals at all. But unfortunately, according to the Jumping Rabbit ProgramThis isn’t always the case – the humane symbol of the bunny jumping on a piece of makeup only indicates that the end product has not been tested on animals.

So even if a company claims not to engage in animal testing, that doesn’t mean the ingredients aren’t tested on animals – cosmetic compounds can come from labs, factories, and facilities. overseas testing where animal testing is still permitted.

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The sad fact is that most animal testing happens at the ingredient level. Only companies that are 100 percent certified by the Jumping Rabbit Program can claim their products to be cruelty-free with any sort of conviction.

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Is animal testing for cosmetics even necessary?

According to Human society, animal testing is unnecessary when it comes to determining the safety of cosmetic compounds. Different species react in different ways when exposed to the same chemical. If one type of lipstick injures a rat, there is no guarantee that it will harm humans.

Organizations like the FDA always insist on rigorous testing before a cosmetic product can gain pre-market approval. It does not specifically require the use of animal testing, but it still requires companies to “do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of their products,” which often results in animal testing.

While other governments like the European Union (EU) have banned makeup testing on animals, the United States is lagging behind somewhat. According to Britannica, the EU has since banned testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals. Israel followed suit in 2013, as did India. We hope it is only a matter of time before the whole of the United States finally realizes how unnecessary and shameful this practice is.


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