Cosmetic Testing On Animals Should Be Banned

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The cosmetic industry is one of the largest sales industries in the world, selling makeup, soaps, cleaning products, fragrances and many other toiletries. The products they sell are filled with different chemicals that either clean or enhance our appearance. So how do the companies know that their products are safe for human use? The answer is they test the products on animals. At least seventy percent of the worlds leading cosmetic companies are testing their products on animals. The Animal Statistics show that at least 12 million animal testing experiments were conducted in Europe during the year 2009. But why do companies do this, don’t they know the harm they are doing to the animals? Not only animal testing is wrong, but also inhumane and should be stopped. Each year in the United States, an estimated 70 million animals were blinded, scalded, force-fed chemicals, genetically manipulated, and otherwise hurt and killed in the name of science. Substances that are used everyday, such as lipstick, soap, moisturisers and shower gels, may be tested on rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, and other animals. These tests are mainly used to test the degree of harmfulness of products and their ingredients. No antidotes are ever given, so the animals that are injured must live with the pain. These tests are not required by law, so why would companies continue to torture peaceful animals? They claim they only conduct tests for two reasons. One, to protect human health. And two, to provide customers with harmless products. Although this sound good for us humans, think about the hundreds of animals killed a month, just so a major cosmetic company such as Maybelline can test a new batch of lipsticks. The conditions that the animals are kept in are appalling, and not to mention unethical. In some cases, the animals are kept in cramped cages and often go without food.

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