STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY: As test subjects for cosmetic drugs, products and ingredients!

STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY: As test subjects for cosmetic drugs, products and ingredients!

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Jorge Luis started this petition to Senator Robert Black

Cosmetic animal testing happens in laboratories where treatments are performed to animals which by then exposing the animals to different ingredients, drugs and products that are not yet qualified as safe and are unnatural to them by which
causes immense torture, chemical poisoning, and even death for the sake of cosmetic effectiveness and other purposes. Completely unnecessary and considered as animal cruelty which we impose to make it flat out illegal.

The animals most frequently used are mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. In these tests for cosmetic products, they suffer through evaluations for skin irritation, eye irritation and any kind of toxicity. This in turn can cause severe damage to the animal, or worse—death.

Three main points well to be considered:

  • It causes death of animals.
  • It poses inhumane treatment.
  • It performs tests that are not necessary.

Questions asked and answered:

  • What products are considered cosmetics?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as "articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions."

  • Is animal testing legally required for cosmetics sold in the United States?

No. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (regulated by the Food and Drug Administration) prohibits the sale of mislabeled and "adulterated" cosmetics, but does not require that animal tests be conducted to demonstrate that the cosmetics are safe.

  • Where is animal testing mandatory?

The Chinese government conducts mandatory animal tests on all cosmetic products imported into the country. The government may also conduct animal tests on items pulled from store shelves. Therefore, even if a cosmetics company does not test their products or ingredients on animals, if they sell their products in China they cannot be considered cruelty-free.

  • What cosmetics tests are performed on animals?

These include:

  • Skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits without any pain relief.
  • Repeated force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards such as cancer or birth defects.
  • Widely condemned "lethal dose" tests, in which animals are forced to swallow large 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. In the United States, a large percentage of the animals used in such testing (such as laboratory-bred rats and mice) are not counted in official statistics and receive no protection under the Animal Welfare Act.

  • Are there other arguments against testing on animals?

Yes. Animal tests have scientific limitations, as different species respond differently when exposed to the same chemicals. Consequently, results from animal tests may not be relevant to humans, as they can under-or overestimate real-world hazards to people.

  • Why do some companies still use animal testing?

When choosing to develop or use new, untested ingredients in their cosmetic products, some companies will conduct new animal tests to assess the safety of these new ingredients. This practice is both unnecessary and inaccurate, and the HSUS actively opposes the choice to unnecessarily use animals in these cruel tests.

  • What are the alternatives to animal testing?

There are already many products on the market that are made using thousands of ingredients that have a long history of safe use. Companies can ensure safety by choosing to create products using those ingredients. Companies also have the option of using existing non-animal tests or investing in and developing alternative non-animal tests for new ingredients. There are nearly 50 non-animal tests that have been validated for use, with many more in development.

  • Can legislation help end animal testing for cosmetics?

One approach is through legislative and policy initiatives that prohibit the testing of cosmetics on animals. The Humane Cosmetics Act, if enacted, would end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S. by prohibiting the use of animals to test cosmetics and banning the import of animal-tested cosmetics.

Testing using animals and as test subjects for cosmetic reruns is completely, utterly unnecessary. We do not need other living organisms to suffer just for the sake of beautification. It is a cruel and selfish way and idea of self improvement and says a lot about our very humanity. There are many and enough alternative ingredients and qualified products to not get involved with cosmetic animal testing. 

The links/sites we gathered from:

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/cosmetics-testing-faq#:~:text=Although%20they%20are%20not%20required,rabbits%20without%20any%20pain%20relief.

https://animalpetitions.org/938408/stop-subjecting-animals-to-cosmetic-testing/

https://greengarageblog.org/12-pros-and-cons-of-animal-testing-on-cosmetics

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