Annually, millions of animals suffer and die in painful
tests in order to determine the safety of cosmetics.
Substances like eye shadow and soap are tested on rabbits,
guinea pigs, rats, dogs, and many other animals, despite
the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat
human illness or injury.
Cosmetics are not required to be experimented on
animals, and since non-animal alternatives exist, it's
difficult to understand why some companies still choose to
conduct these brutal and unnecessary tests. Cosmetic
companies murder millions of animals every year just to put
a few more dollars into their pockets. The companies who
perform these tests claim that they establish the safety of
both the products and their components. However, the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetic
products, does not require animal testing in any way,
shape, or form. Some of the tests used on animals are eye,
toxicity, and skin irritant tests.
In eye irritant tests, a liquid, flake, granule, or
powdered material is placed directly into the eyes of
rabbits. The animals are often immobilized in cages from
which only their heads may show. They do not receive
anesthesia during the tests. After placing the irritants
into the rabbits' eyes, scientists record the damage to the
eye tissue at specific intervals over a period of seventy-
two hours. The tests sometimes can last anywhere from
seven, up to eighteen days. Side effects from these
experiments include swollen eyelids, ulceration, bleeding,
swollen irises, massive deterioration, and blindness.
During the tests, rabbits' eyelids are usually held open
with clips. Many animals break their necks while
restrained, attempting to escape.
Toxicity tests, otherwise known as lethal dose or
poisoning tests, record the amount of a material that will
kill a percentage, sometimes even up to one-hundred