The Cruelty of Animal Testing


Taylor Lakin, Reporter

Everyday millions of helpless and terrified animals are carelessly shoved into small cages as they await to be poked and injected with all sorts of substances. In order to understand if certain products are safe to be used on humans, they must go through numerous tests before they can be approved. Sadly, a majority of these tests are run through animals. 

Big corporations allow for labs to test their projects by dripping chemicals into the animals eyes, injecting them, or even forcing substances up their nostrils and down their throats. To add on to the horror of this sad reality, many of these animals are also deprived of basic necessities, and are treated as if they were simply tools or lifeless objects.

Many of these tests can be easily replaced with non-animal testing methods which can be cheaper and produce more effective results. Although by law it is required for some medical testing to be on animals, many states have began to ban animal testing for certain products, mainly cosmetical.

Skin care brands such as Bath and Body Works, Clinique, CeraVe, and Neutragena all support testing on animals. Popular hygiene products from Degree, Crest, Coolgate, Old Spice, Pantene, and Always cruelly use animals to test. As for makeup, many companies like NYX, Benefit Cosmetics, L’Oréal, and Nars use animal testing. Even big luxury brands are in support,  including Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Tom Ford, Channel, and Valentino.

 Instead opt for brands like Tatcha, Dermalogica, Paula’s Choice, and First Aid Beauty for all things skincare. For hygiene, Dove, DrBronner, Hello, Amika, Lush, and The Honey Pot. Makeup brands such as BareMinerals, ELF, Tower 28 Beauty, Milani, and Glossier. These brands, which are against animal testing, make great alternatives.

This issue can easily be put to a stop if consumers stop supporting any brands still using this method of testing. In order to help, encourage others to educate themselves on the topic, support ethical brands, and help fund humane non-animal research.