07/04/2010

Do You Know If Your Products Are Tested On Animals?

I'm not really sure where this post is going. I hadn't planned to do it yet but never mind. I can see this being quite long but just stay with me here.



About a fortnight ago I tweeted something about companies and animal testing. I can't remember exactly what it was but I got a lot of @ replies to it.

Animal testing is not in anyway amusing but what I find laughable is when people are informed of companies that willingly test on animals and then they're like 'oh I wish you'd never told me that!' So that makes it ok does it? The fact you don't want to know what has happened to get you that lipgloss or eyeshadow makes you quite ignorant.



This is not something I know loads about and I'm not claiming to but I still deem it unnecessary.

Latest statistics published by the European Commission hide the fact that Britain still experiments on more animals than any other EU member state, despite Home Office assurances that animals are only used when absolutely necessary. Charity campaigners the Dr Hadwen Trust say Britain’s record as the animal testing capital of Europe is shameful and should be a wake-up call for urgent action. - Source.

Many cosmetic companies don't test on animals so why do others still feel the need to?!



The reason this post came about now is I was looking at Shu Uemura. Namely the infamous Cleansing Oil.

When I buy new products I like to do a quick Google check to see if the company they're made by test on animals.

Like a fortnight ago I checked to make sure Tigi Bed Head didn't test on animals, which they don't, so I went ahead and purchased what I needed to.



There are different kinds of tests but one of the more commonly used for cosmetic testing is the Draize test.

The Draize Test is an acute toxicity test devised in 1944 by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toxicologists John H. Draize and Jacob M. Spines. Initially used for testing cosmetics, the procedure involves applying 0.5mL or 0.5g of a test substance to the eye or skin of a restrained, conscious animal, and leaving it for four hours. The animals are observed for up to 14 days, for signs of erythema and edema in the skin test, and redness, swelling, discharge, ulceration, hemorrhaging, cloudiness, or blindness in the tested eye. The test subject is commonly an albino rabbit, though other species are used too, including dogs. The animals are killed after testing.

The tests are controversial. They are viewed as cruel by critics, as well as unscientific because of the differences between rabbit and human eyes, and the subjective nature of the visual evaluations. The FDA supports the test, stating that "to date, no single test, or battery of tests, has been accepted by the scientific community as a replacement [for] ... the Draize test".
- Source.

I was initially going to post this photo just as normal photo instead of a click through link so ignorant people can't not see it. But it's not something I want to show on my blog so I'm giving you the click through link and I highly suggest you click it but not if you're in a nervous disposition/just ate etc.

A rabbit after being subjected to a Draize test.


Are you aware of cosmetics companies that openly and willingly test on animals?

It's difficult to keep up with them as companies are changing what they do all the time but you can find a list of companies that do and don't test here.

Companies that do currently test on animals:

Always. Arm & Hammer. Anna Sui. Aussie. Burts Bees. Clairol. Clean & Clear. Cover Girl. Crest. Dove. Garnier. Gillette Co. Giorgio Armani. Head & Shoulders. Johnson & Johnson. L'Oreal USA. Lancôme. Max Factor. Maybelline. Nair. Nars. Neutrogena. Olay. Procter & Gamble. Redken. Rimmel. Shiseido. Shu Uemura. Vaseline. Veet. Vichy.

Companies that don't currently test on animals:

Avon. Bare Escentuals. Bath & Body Works. Ben Nye. The Body Shop. Carmex. Chanel. China Glaze. Clarins Of Paris. Clinique. Color Club. Decleor USA. Dior. E.L.F. Essie. Estée Lauder. GOSH. Illamasqua. Kryolan. Lush. M.A.C Cosmetics. Nubar. OPI. Orly. Revlon. Sally Hansen. Seche Vite. Urban Decay.

I'm not saying these are 100% correct so don't have a go if they aren't.

There's plenty of other companies that don't test on animals but I have been writing this post for what seems like hours.

So my question to you is, would you still willingly buy cosmetics knowing that animals have been tortured for you to get hold of that lipstick?

Or do you just prefer to play ignorant and not know about what companies test cosmetics on animals?

Let me know your opinions.



And yes, there was a reason for all the cat photos. I fricking love my cats and I certainly don't have the heart to drip nail polish in their eyes and watch them wither around in pain for four hours.
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