We Must Eliminate Animal Testing in Cosmetics
The number of animals that suffer and die as a result of cosmetics testing is estimated at 200,000. These animals are used to determine whether new products or ingredients are safe for humans. Humane Society International of Canada describes in its Q&A: Cosmetic Testing in Canada section, the brutal and cruel practices:
What animal tests are carried out on cosmetics?
A: Newly-developed raw ingredients may be subject to the same sorts of animal testing as any other chemicals. This can include skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of rabbits; repeated oral force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards, such as cancer or birth defects; and even widely condemned “lethal dose” tests, in which animals are forced to swallow massive amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death. At the end of a test the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation. Pain relief is not provided.
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