Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Paola Vega-Soto

Cosmetic testing on animals is an issue that has been going on for a while, and has recently become a more public issue. It is the practice of testing beauty products on animals to deem the safety of the product for consumers. This can range from shampoos, makeup, perfume, and lotions. In the United States, a large percentage of the animals used in cosmetic testing are laboratory-bred rats and mice, rabbits, and guinea pigs, all of which receive no protection under the Animal Welfare Act.

I choose this topic because I believe strongly there is no need for this practice anymore. We have plenty of technology that could help us determine whether a product is safe, instead of involving innocent lives. These poor animals, after these tests, face death either by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation, and pain relief is not provided. The sad thing about this is that the results from these tests often come back inconclusive and don’t really help with figuring out if the product is safe for consumers. I want to bring light to this topic because I really want to be aware as a consumer what type of companies I am supporting, and want to help people realize they can stop this issue by using the power of their wallet, not supporting companies who practice inhumane practices for their products.