New Year Resolution – No more Animal Testing

I love to create lists and feel really accomplished when I cross things off my to-do list who wouldn’t?
Most resolutions I do are during the year because I don’t want to wait for New Years as an excuse to finally set my goals.
For 2015, I do have a resolution though which I recently thought of because I got more into make-up and beauty products.
I just don’t want to use any products and support the practice of animal testing any more because it is unnecessary and cruel.
Until some days ago, I didn’t even know that the European Union prohibited animal testing for cosmetics in 2013, which I think is a great step for cruelty free cosmetics and household items.
Lots of brands are owned by big companies that carry out animal testing, which is another problem due to one not knowing if the products are really cruelty free and if one should support such a company. On the other hand, if the big company sees that their cruelty-free brand is having a lot of customers it would maybe make the big company change their policy towards animal testing. I think everyone has to decide for themselves on that matter.

This small selection of brands I like, don’t do any animal testing and don’t belong to a big company that supports it:
An extensive list can be found at PETA.

  • Lush
  • Paula’s choice
  • GOSH Cosmetics
  • Dr. Hauschka

You can find lots of information online in case you are interested for example at cruelty free international.

Quote from their page that informs about the ban in the EU:

Since 11th March, no company can carry out new animal tests for cosmetics purposes outside of the EU for products to be sold in the EU.

Companies (even if they are based in the EU) are still able to sell products with animal tested ingredients outside of the EU, assuming that the animal testing was done somewhere else in the world. This opens up the theoretical possibility of a company conducting animal tests for ingredients in some markets but using non animal methods and existing data for the EU Market.

Over 80% of the world still allows animal testing for cosmetics and some countries, notably China, require imported products to be tested on animals before they reach the market.

Animals and especially rodents are not similar to humans and there are so many incidents that show, that animal testing is not only unnecessary but also dangerous, by assuming that tested products and medicine are safe for us to use.

A long post on tumblr has interesting facts listed with sources here, why animal testing has no benefit for us.

  • And for all of those people who say that this ban will only lead to human experiments; there are a lot of other methods out there with cell culture toxicology methods having an accuracy rate of 80-85%.
  • 92% of drugs passed by animal tests immediately fail when first tried on humans because they’re useless, dangerous or both.
  • The two most common illnesses in the Western world are lung cancer from smoking and heart disease. Neither can be reproduced in lab animals.
  • in the UK an estimated 70,000 people are killed or severely disabled every year by unexpected reactions to drugs. All these drugs have passed animal tests.

 

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2 thoughts on “New Year Resolution – No more Animal Testing

    1. I have thought long about that serious problem of human exploitation but as you mentioned I think it is sadly really hard to achieve. Especially since a lot of international goods that one uses are produced in poor countries and inhumane conditions but working towards it is better than nothing :)

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