10 COMMON MYTH ABOUT ANIMAL TESTING
Since I posted the article THE BEST CRUELTY FREE MAKE UP AND COSMETIC I have received a lot of responses from readers, other bloggers or even friends or acquaintances and I like to go further in detail. Here are 10 common responses I have received:
"They only use little animals like mice, rats and rabbits for animal testing."
While mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits are most commonly used- animal testing is also done on cats, dogs, monkeys and other animals.
In fact: Beagles are the dog breed most often used in animal testing, due to their size and passive nature. More than 75,000 dogs, including thousands of homeless animals from animal shelters, are tormented in U.S. laboratories every year. Dogs are a favored species in toxicology studies. In these studies, large doses of a test substance like household cleansers are pumped into animals' bodies, slowly poisoning them until they die. Read more: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/beagles-are-the-dog-breed-most-often-used-in-animal-testing-due-to-their-size-and-passive-nature.html
Every year in the U.S., more than 125,000 primates are imprisoned in laboratories, where they are abused and killed in invasive, painful, and terrifying experiments. Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/primates-laboratories/#ixzz32ppUhUkT
|A stray in our neighborhood|
"They don´t have an alternative to animal testing yet."
Scientists developed methods for studying diseases and testing products that replace animals and are actually relevant to human health. These modern methods include sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues (also known as in vitro methods), advanced computer-modeling techniques (often referred to as in silico models), and studies with human volunteers. Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-animal-testing/#ixzz32pqDbmIi
|My Schmusie (Schmoochie)|
"Cosmetics have to be tested on animals to make sure people don´t react allergic to them."
Obvious and subtle differences between humans and animals in terms of our physiology, anatomy, and metabolism make it difficult to apply data derived from animal studies to human conditions. Animal studies do not reliably predict human outcomes. Nine out of ten drugs that appear promising in animal studies go on to fail in human clinical trials. Read more: http://www.aavs.org/site/c.bkLTKfOSLhK6E/b.6456997/k.3D74/Problems_with_Animal_Research.htm#.U4NbsHb1gaM
|Schmusie! Not on the table! :-)|
"It is the US law to test cosmetics to make sure the products are safe."
The US does not require animal testing on cosmetics! (China does!) Manufacturers of cosmetics do have the option of using non-animal methods to produce safety data. But as animal testing has become a standard, accepted practice, manufacturers use it as a convenient way to make sure they have the appropriate data to present in court in case of a lawsuit. In these litigious times, many companies continue to rely on animal testing as a legal safety net, even though it is not required by law.
|Schmusie looking outside a window|
"It is OK if they test cosmetic on animals because a lipstick or shampoo can not hurt, right?"
I have gotten quite similar responses a lot and it makes me almost sick to my stomach to hear. But then I have to remind myself that the person who says this simply does not know better!
The most frequently used animal tests for cosmetics include various versions of the Draize eye and skin irritancy tests, and the LD-50 test. All of these tests were designed in the mid-1900s and have long been criticized for their cruelty and subjectivity.
The Draize tests attempt to measure the potential harmfulness of chemicals to humans by observing the damage they cause to the eyes and skin of animals. In the Draize test for eye irritancy, various concentrations of products are applied directly into the animals’ eyes, which can cause intense burning, itching and pain.
In the Draize tests for skin irritancy, test substances are applied to shaved and abraded skin, which is then covered with plastic sheeting. (Skin is abraded by firmly pressing adhesive tape onto the animal's body and repeatedly stripping it off until several layers of skin have been removed.)
The LD-50 test is used to measure the acute toxicity levels of certain ingredients on live animals. LD-50 stands for Lethal Dose 50 Percent-the amount of concentration of a substance that will kill half of a test group of animals within a specified time period when that substance is forcibly ingested, inhaled or otherwise exposed to an animal.
The Internet is an easy place to find every information you are interested in and I found extensive data about how for example Wella is force feeding hair color to animals (yes- hair dye!!!) to determine if they get cancer. Tests are horrifying and absolutely absurd.
I know that Shampoo hurts in my eyes and I certainly won´t eat my hair dye! Why all this waste of tests? And who are those people who have no problem doing all these experiments on animals?
"Every ingredient got tested at some point, so at the end it´s impossible to buy any cosmetic that has not been tested."
Answer: CORRECT! BUT...
While this might be a correct statement I like to remind you that we are not talking about what happened in the past. What happened, happened. It is about NOW AND THE FUTURE! We do have thousands of safe ingredients and do not need any more ingredients! I find it is OK to purchase products which have been tested in the past but I do not want any NEW ingredients which involves new animal testing!