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Author: Addie Smith
Publisher: Chloé Burton
Organization: Bubbles & Balms
In 2020, we believe that there is no excuse for a cosmetics company to test its products on animals. That’s why Bubbles & Balms is proud to remind you that since our Better Bathing journey started in 2014, we have only ever tested our products on humans, never animals, and we now have the certification to prove it! We have no tolerance whatsoever for animals being used for testing. Innocent beings are forcefully subject to such cruel methods of experimentation in which we refuse to be a part of. You wouldn’t put your cosmetics on your pets, so why should we let it happen to millions of animals around the world when there are other, much safer alternatives?
The testing on animals for cosmetics began in 1938 when the United States Food, Drug, & Cosmetic act was put into law because the safety of cosmetics for people was required to be tested. Animals have since been used to determine a substance’s safety to humans instead of well… humans. An issue with this being that animals and people are vastly different. An example being grapes, raisins, and chocolate. They are all highly toxic to dogs but perfectly safe for the majority of people because our bodies are not the same as a dog’s, so not all of their reactions to substances would be the same as ours. This causes issues primarily when they are being used for testing drugs.
Worldwide, it is estimated that around half a million animals are used for testing cosmetics each year! That’s about 1,369 animals every single day. That can include mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and so many more. For the testing of cosmetics, the animals are either forced to inhale, eat, or have an ingredient rubbed on their bare skin every day for 21-90 days, and are observed for a possible allergic reaction.
Many consumers may think that these animals can be released either to the wild or into adoption centers once the testing is done; unfortunately, that rarely happens unless they are rescued. The animals must be healthy enough to be released from laboratories. If not, they are killed either by euthanasia, a physical force for smaller animals, or electrocution, which is typically for larger animals such as horses and sheep. All just to determine if a cosmetic is safe to put on your skin.
With all of the new, humane methods that are available for testing the safety of a substance, using animals to do so is incredibly unnecessary. We now have computer models that allow scientists to virtually test chemicals on people by simulating the biology of the human body! They can even estimate how a new chemical may react with the human body by using previous testing data from existing chemicals.
In vitro, testing is another alternative to animal testing. Instead, chips containing various human cells are used to mimic how a new chemical may react with different organs or biologic systems. For cosmetics, a chip containing skin cells would be used for cosmetics testing.
Finally, the most accurate form of testing would be testing substances on actual people. The best way to find out how a material reacts with human skin is to test it on human skin. This is done using a process called “micro-dosing.” A small amount of the product or chemical is placed on the skin and then observed closely. This allows for the testing to be done safely and accurately, with absolutely no harm done to any innocent animals.
Senselessly using animals for cosmetic testing is one of the many violations against animal rights. They are often bred in captivity for this sole purpose, but it is not at all what they are meant for. They are not intended to live their lives stuck in cages and tortured for days on end, only to be killed when humans no longer have a use for them. We believe that animals deserve the right to live happily and freely, just like anybody else, and we hope that you do as well.
1. Cruelty-Free International
2. The Humane Society
3. In Vitro International
4. National Anti-Vivisection Society
5. About Animal Testing