An animal test is any specific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that causes them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. Animals are locked in laboratories and are deliberately harmed, and are usually killed at the end of an experiment or test.
Types of Experiments:
- Injecting or force feeding animals with harmful substances
- Exposing animals to radiation
- Surgically removing animals organs or tissues
- Forcing animals to inhale toxic gases
- Subjecting animals to frightening situations to create anxiety and depression
Some cosmetics and haircare products that are for and use animal testing:
- Estee lauder
- Head and Shoulders
Cosmetics that took actions towards animal testing:
- Burt's Bees
More than 6 million animals are used and killed each year for cosmetics, for something to cover that red dot on your face for a day.
"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."
Prof. Charles R. Magel
This is an ethical and moral issue of the first order. If animals are so like us that we can substitute them for testing instead of using humans, then surely those animals have the very attributes (ability to suffer physically and psychologically, conscious awareness) that means they deserve to be respected and protected from harm — as we would wish for ourselves.
Animal testing has been completely banned in countries such as Europe (2013), Norway 2016), Israel (2013) and India (2015) who was the first Asian country to ban testing. Current countries considering bans are the United states of America, Australia and New Zealand.
Most common animals used in testing for cosmetics are:
- Guinea Pigs