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Animal Testing: Why It Has To Stop April 25, 2013

The Basics:

If you didn’t know, animal testing is when companies test their products on animals to see if they are safe or not to use on humans. For example, some shampoo companies might shampoo the animals to make sure that the substance doesn’t hurt/kill the animals. This puts the animal’s lives at risk, and 92% of the tests that worked on animals failed on humans, which means that animal testing is basically useless, anyway. 50% of the animals used in these useless tests die after three weeks of the initial experiment. Animal testing is a horrible thing, and it needs to be stopped.

Why Animal Test?:

Companies do animal testing just to prove they tested it on something. If they get bad results, according to PETA (which is a biased source, but still), might still put out the product and simply say that it was tested, so therefore it is safe. Testing things gives the company proof that their product is “safe” and they made sure of it. If you look on a bottle and it says it was tested, does it say if the test results came out positive? Did it say who — or what — it was tested on? No. Companies animal test because they want to make a good name for themselves, even if they’re just tricking us. Of course, there are a lot of companies that don’t do animal testing at all, and those are the ones you should try to look out for and buy, if possible.


Which Companies Actually Animal Test?

There are a lot of companies that animal test, and here are a few:

  • Avon Products Inc.
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Chanel Inc.
  • Clorox
  • CoverGirl
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Olay Co.
  • Scott Paper
  • Sarah Lee
  • Suave


How Do We Stop Animal Testing?
There are several ways to stop animal testing. The first — and most obvious — way to stop it is to avoid buying products manufactured by these companies and more. If you’re really serious about stopping it, I would suggest researching it further so that you can be sure when you are buying something that has the potential of being created by a company that preforms animal testing. If you really, really like the companies that do the animal testing (say I really, really like Mary Kay Cosmetics and will never ever find something as great as that), you could try writing a letter to the offending company and see if they reply. You could get them to stop that way. If you want to do it the other way, you could try to find alternatives to the things you like made by companies that don’t do animal testing and write letters/emails telling them how you came across that product and that you’re really glad that they don’t animal test.


I hope this article made you think about the wrongs animal testing does and try to stop the horrors of animal testing!


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