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Cosmetic companies still test on animals - something I cannot believe still happens today. Animals feel pain just as much as we do, and without choice are caged and tested on resulting in some horrendous results. How can we let this happen? How can we stop it?

Firstly, make sure that you are buying a product which clearly states “not tested on animals”. Soap, for example, can be tested on rabbits. Now this doesn’t sound too bad, until we understand what happens. Rabbits don’t have tear ducts. The soap gets into their eyes and there are no tears to wash it away. We all know the burning sensation of getting soap into our eyes. On rabbits the soap will eat away at the eyeball, and rabbits can struggle so much against this that they break their necks and kill themselves.

The European Union is planning to phase out animal testing by 2009. L’Oreal had pushed to have this ruling quashed. This is the world’s largest cosmetics company. Just because some companies don’t test on animals, it doesn’t mean that their products aren’t tested. Synthetic ingredients can be used, as well as human volunteers in clinical trials. The Body Shop are pioneer of this, having epoused their philosophy on not testing on animals years before it became a debated topic. Strangely The Body Shop chain was acquired by L’Oreal. This means that profits from the sale of The Body Shop products will go to parent company L’Oreal… very strange.

We all have the power to make the change. If we refused to become consumers of the companies who do test on animals they would be forced to sit up and make the change. Clairol, Johnson and Johnson, Cover Girl and Unilever Rexona (as mentioned in a previous entry) all continue to test on animals. Let’s support those who don’t!

Clarins, Dermalogica, Decleor, M.A.C, and Jurlique don’t test on animals, and are among the leading cosmetics brands in the world. This should say that animal testing is NOT necessary.

5 Responses

  1. Eman Aoun

    It breaks my heart thinking that most of the products that i use are tested on animals,,,what rights do we have to say on that matter but to support orgainsation who say NO TESTING ON ANIMALS,,,iam totally against it and iam going to the best that i can to avoid buy products that is tested on animal and i will be passing it all to my friends. poeple should be aware of this and we have the right to say NOOOO i will not buy this products.

  2. Hi there - fine blog with Animal Environment

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    Dermalogica On Sale…

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  4. rowe

    i agree, it’s not like we need make-up anyway.

  5. Clarins was the first cosmetic company to not test on animals. They were also the first to design skin care products with natural ingredients to protect you from damage from environmental pollutants.

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