I don’t just mean make up items, cosmetics include shampoos, body washes, sprays… and probably at least 5 items that you use daily. Many consumer products go through precise testing to make sure they are safe and healthy for people and the environment before they are made available in the marketplace. The downside is that many of these tests make use of live animals.
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is quoted to have said:
The use of animals in product testing figures prominently in the animal research controversy because it questions the ‘ethics and humaneness of deliberately poisoning animals [and] the propriety of harming animals for the sake of marketing a new cosmetic or household product,
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign vigorously to eliminate or reduce the use of animals in product testing, even recommending boycotts of companies that continue to voluntarily engage in what they argue is both cruel and unnecessary.
Rats and mice comprise about 85 to 90 percent of all animals used in testing and research laboratories. Rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters follow, with non-human primates, dogs and cats making up approximately one percent.
While the cosmetic industry might be helping to boost the economy and maintaining a huge workforce the cost is high, suffering and death of innocent animals. Just another means to exploit other species to “better” mankind. Many manufacturers are not required to specifically use animals to test the safety of their products. But still they do so.