What's right with animal testing?

What's right with animal testing?

An animal dies in laboratories every three seconds due to the unnecessary testing cosmetics on animal’s. Official estimates for animal experiments globally are around 100 million experiments each year.  Testing cosmetic products on animals is a cheap and dangerous scientist research.

The most common animals that are used for animal testing are Cats, Dogs, Mice, Rats and Birds. Can you picture your pet that you love and care for locked up in a cage being forced fed harmful substances and injected with viruses?  Just imagine that animal that is being used for experiments could be someone’s pet or even yours that has gone missing, I know if it was my pet I would feel extremely guilty and angry with the world.

Animals are force fed harmful substances, infected with lethal viruses, subjected to brain damage, heart attacks, and cancers and ultimately killed.  As well as causing pain and suffering, animal experiments are unreliable because of differences between humans and animals. The result from animal experiments can be seriously misleading due to the differences between animals and humans.

Dogs are widely used for research into heart disease, even though there are numerous differences between a dog’s heart and humans.  For example, high blood pressure in obese patients is associated with high insulin levels in blood, yet in dog’s high insulin actually lowers blood pressure. 

Do animals have rights? Some people claim that because animals do not have duties or responsibilities in the way humans do, they are not deserving of the same protection. The animal welfare act 2006 argues that humans should have the same considerations for animals as they do for other human beings.  Animal rights advocates argue that animals should be regarded as property, or treated as resources for human purposes, but should instead be regarded as legal persons and members of a moral community. God did not put animals on this earth for us to use and abuse so we can look and smell good, people believe that animals were put on this earth for humans to use but this is far from God’s command.

More lives could be saved and suffering stopped by educating people on the importance of avoiding fat and cholesterol, the dangers of smoking, reducing alcohol and other drug consumption, exercising regularly, and cleaning up the environment than by all the animal tests in the world.  
  
There are many companies that do not test their products on animals, Skintex, Eytex, Testskin, Topkat, Avon and Bodyshop.  There is no law that they have to test their products on animals, so why do they?  The two main reasons are: the fear for human safety and the fear of product liability suits.  Researchers do not care about the well-being of laboratory animals that are suffering great pain and distress. 
 
Bodyshop is an international company with over 2,500 stores world-wide.  They were the first cosmetic brand to be recognised under the Humane Cosmetics Standard our Against Animal Testing policy.  All of Bodyshops products are animal cruelty free and vegetarian. This company shows that testing cosmetics on animals isn’t necessary and that there is other ways.

Body Shop believes there is only one way to look beautiful and that is nature’s way. They have believed this for years and still do. The company constantly seek out wonderful natural ingredients from all four corners of the globe; they do this so the products you buy in the store are completely natural and have not been tested on animals.   They don’t do it this way because it’s fashionable. They do it because it’s the only way. 

The company constantly seek out wonderful natural ingredients from all four corners of the globe; they do this so the products you buy in the store are completely natural and have not been tested on animals. They don’t do it this way because it’s fashionable. They do it because it’s the only way. The first Body Shop opened on the 26th March 1976 in Brighton.  In 1990 the body shop foundation was set up.  This was a charity which funded human rights and environmental protection groups. The Body Shop continues to success with their campaigns which include the Against Animal Testing campaign.  The campaign leads to a UK- wide ban on animal testing of cosmetic products. It was the largest ever petition with over four million signatures.

The Body Shop is a leader in promoting greater corporate transparency, and they have been a force for positive social and environmental change through their campaigns around their  five core Values: Support Community Trade, Defend Human Rights, Against Animal Testing, Activate Self-Esteem, and Protect Our Planet.

 

Femalefirst Kenneth Thornton

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