The dangers within the animal cosmetic testing industry

Mia Fox, Sports Editor

Picture your most beloved childhood animal. The memories made are something irreplaceable to thousands of people who own pets. Now, imagine instead that this animal was never yours to begin with because it was selected for cosmetic testing. Your companion is forced into experimentation that can last for weeks, sometimes even months. Worst of all, some tests and procedures are done under no pain medications or anesthesia, leaving the helpless animals to live their last moments suffering. 

According to the Humane Society, around 500,000 animals suffer worldwide every year due to cosmetic testing. No animal deserves to be forced into treatment with such unethical methods. 

Testing cosmetic products and treatments on animals is unethical and unnecessary. There is a plethora of already-created products that use a large number of different ingredients that have a long history of safe and effective usage on humans, which do not require any additional testing or further cosmetic research. 

A common misconception about animal testing is that it’s well believed that humans and animals have a similar biological structure. According to the research from the Humane Society, animal testing has scientific limitations and could cause humans to have hazardous reactions even with animal testing being completed. This is because human genes are vastly different and have completely different reactions from the inconsiderable and dainty structure of a rodent. 

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for ensuring that cosmetics are safe for human use; they do this through the Federal Food and Cosmetic Act. This act does not specifically require any cosmetics to be tested on animals to ensure safety, this leaves the companies and manufacturers to choose the testing they feel appropriate for consumer safety. Some brands that have moved away from animal testing and switched to alternative methods include Covergirl, Stargazer, and Beautyblender these three companies left animal testing behind in 2019. 

Just because some brands have taken initiative there are still countless large corporations in the cosmetic industry that continue to participate in these immoral animal experiments. Some of these companies include Estée Lauder, NARS, and Clinique. 

For a long list of alternative cruelty-free cosmetic brands that do not conduct tests on animals check out Cruelty-Free Kitty.