Most women, myself included, love cosmetics, and it’s safe to say that most also love animals. Yet, despite the ban on animal tested products within the EU, Israel and India, consumers are still buying cosmetics that have been tested on animals throughout the rest of the world, with the biggest contributors being the USA and China. Which means, as shoppers, we are blindly supporting cruelty to animals, such as the horrific torture shown below.
While, in theory, due to living in the UK, it should be easy to avoid companies that test on animals, it often isn’t. This is because while the company may comply with EU regulations and laws on animal testing, they may not when selling to other countries. Due to this, the European Court of Justice has been debating whether or not the ban that has been issue for European products should also be implemented for non-EU products that are available within Europe, which would be a great step in the right direction, and will be decided upon by March this year.
With today’s level of technology and scientific understanding, it is possible that methods not inclusive of animal testing would in fact be cheaper, faster and more effective. In Vitro testing allows human DNA to be grown on chips, and can be used to mimic organs and even organ systems, meaning that the effects of products could easily be monitored using this system instead of harming innocent animals.
Other methods such as In Silica computer testing are also viable options, where scientists use sophisticated computer programs that mirror real life meaning it can show the progression drugs and cosmetics may take, and is able to provide high quality, precise data, with no cruelty.
With more and more people becoming interested in stopping animal cruelty, governments are beginning to listen to the people and are starting to make changes, but animal testing is far from over. Michael Balls, a British zoologist and animal welfare activist, has stated:
“I believe that if we really wanted to, we could work steadily towards a day in 10 to 20 years time when animal experimentation will have disappeared.”
While this may be achievable in the future, it is down to us all to work together to be concious consumers and try as hard as possible to buy from ethical sources. A search engine has been created by both PETA and Leaping Bunny, so next time you’re out to buy your beauty products, be sure to check them out so you can remain guilt free!