Inc. Pola: Please stop animal testing!


Every year, more than 115,300,000 animals are sacrificed for testing in the world. The activity of animal testing is cruel and sometimes unscientific. Money spent on animal experimentation is wasted in many cases due to inability in obtaining accurate results, and all this at the cost of the animals' well-being.

It should be understood that animals used for testing would experience the same amount of pain that human beings would do, on being made to undergo certain painful procedures. In many cases they are treated cruelly. For example, dogs are locked in gas chambers to test whether a particular insecticide is safe for inhalation by human beings. Moreover, anesthesia is not used at the time of testing in most cases. A callous attitude towards the safety of animals is one of the main reasons for not using anesthesia when experimenting on animals. Another reason for avoiding the use of anesthesia is the claim that test results get altered on doing so. However, just imagine that you are being operated on without anesthesia or jammed in a cell just because someone else wants to know how your body reacts to that particular environment. Only after being empathetic towards these creatures that you will realize what kind of pain these innocent animals have to bear during such experiments.

The results obtained from animal testing are used to check whether a particular medicine or cosmetic product would have any side-effects on human beings. Aspirin is widely used for the treatment of fever, pain, etc. in human beings. However, this medicine proves to be toxic for mice. Since the body systems of animals are different from those of human beings, the results of animal testing cannot be reliable sources for predicting results on human beings.

There are alternatives to animal testing: using skin irritation, artificial human skin, computer simulation, pyrogenicity, etc. We should not rely on results of tests conducted on animals and animal testing should be abolished. Now, SHISEIDO Co., Ltd has announced that they decided to abolish the animal tests that the company had been conducting for a long time. There will be no more animal testing in Japan by SHISEIDO. Pola should follow SHISEIDO and develop alternatives to animal testing and aim at an animal-friendly corporation.









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