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Beauty Without Bunnies: Why You Need to Read Your Lipstick Label!

Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble, Clinique, Cover Girl, Dove, Estee Lauder, Herbal Essences, Lancome, L’Oreal, MAC Cosmetics, Maybelline, Lime Crime, etc. These brands are ones that us consumers recognize almost immediately, but what we don’t know about these companies is deadly. These cosmetic companies still to this day test their products on millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and even frogs, and we don’t do anything to stop it.

95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which excludes birds, rats and mice bred for research, and cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and most fish. So, before you pick up your favorite brand of mascara, or your go-to shampoo, think about these Con’s to animal testing and what they could do to some lovable and wonderful creatures:

1. Animal testing hurts and kills innocent and defenseless animals.

Many people know that animals are tested and experimented on in labs across the world, but many don’t know the details of how. According to many sources, including the International Human Society, “animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies, and killing by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, neck-breaking, decapitation, or other means.” Think about it, if these things happened to people, the world would go bananas.

2. Animal testing is expensive and out-dated in the 21st Century.

“In-vitro” (or in glass) testing, such as studying cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing. In today’s age we can do things people have only dreamed of in the past, growing skin from human cells, creating cures from viruses, who knows what we will do in the future! We don’t need to live in the dark ages and hurt animals anymore. And in the other hand, animal testing literally costs thousands of dollars, here are a few actual examples:

  • “Unscheduled DNA synthesis” animal test costs $32,000, while the in vitro alternative costs $11,000
  • “Rat phototoxicity test” costs $11,500, whereas the non-animal equivalent costs $1,300
  • “Rat uterotrophic assay” costs $29,600, while the corresponding in vitro test costs $7,200
  • the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) spends $14 billion of its $31 billion annual budget on animal research

3. Speciesism is an actual thing.

Even though animals aren’t able to communicate with humans through language, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have thoughts and feelings. Discriminating against animals because they don’t have the cognitive ability, language, or moral judgment that humans do is no better than discriminating against human beings with severe mental impairments. Why do we treat cute little kitties differently then mice or monkeys? Is it because they aren’t cuddly or come with their own calendar? We like to think that we wouldn’t torture another human being, but we don’t mind doing it to defenseless animals.

4. Not only is the torture physical, it’s also mental.

There are many cases around the world of animals showing increasing signs of mental illness and psychological stress. The New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana has been accused and charged with over 300 animal cruelty cases. Some of the primates housed at NIRC were suffering such severe psychological stress that they engaged in self-mutilation, “tearing gaping wounds into their arms and legs.” Videos and pictures have been leaked on the internet from many corrupt labs and research facilities showing images of animals being awake during painful procedures, baby chimps being forcefully taken away from their mothers, and even baby mice being sealed into Ziploc bags and left to die.

I love using makeup and other beauty products, but as I’ve started to become more independent and learned a little more about the world, I’ve decided that just by making a few changes in my life I can help to stop something that is unbelievably cruel. Although many companies are joining forces with non-profit organizations to make their brands cruelty-free such as LUSH with Leaping Bunny, Burt’s Bees with their all-natural ingredients, and PETA who have made leaps and bounds in educating people on many acts of animal cruelty (not only in the Cosmetics department), some companies continue to abuse animals because that’s what they’ve always done.

One such company, Lime Crime, claims to be cruelty free and vegan, but has been proven to contain many ingredients such as Beeswax, charmine, and Petroleum (which is filtered through bone char). The CEO of this brand, Doe Deere has denied such claims and even created new labels without the said ingredients on them. To look up more about this ever troubling company, you can check out this.

Being aware of what you buy, what’s in it, and how it was made is what makes a smart consumer better than a blind one.

If you want to learn more about the cause and what companies provide clean and cruelty free products, check em’ out here!:

  • http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/5-awesome-organizations-fighting-to-end-animal-testing/
  • http://www.peta.org/
  • http://www.leapingbunny.org/indexcus.php

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