I have recently taken a pledge to discard all products that are tested on animals, are not labeled cruelty free, or don’t have the Leaping Bunny logo because I object to the brutal and unethical treatment of animals during testing.
The first major known documentation of animal testing occurred in the late 19th century in the midst of the Industrial Revolution.
Louis Pasteur exposed anthrax to sheep to show the importance of getting vaccinations with his germ theory. As time went on and industries grew, animal testing became the method of testing various products prior to consumer availability.
Every year in the United States more than 25 million animals are used for product testing by cosmetic companies, household cleaning manufacturers and everything in between. Although rats, mice and birds comprise more than 90 percent of all animal test subjects, it is also true that companies test on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, sheep, moneys, chimpanzees and more, according to New England Anti-Vivisection Society.
I think testing on animals, which includes animals being poked and prodded, forced to eat or breathe in substances, have products rubbed onto their skin, or even poured into their eyes, is completely unethical and unfair.
Animals do not have a voice of their own and cannot stand up for themselves. There is no way for an animal to reason or talk to us but they are suffering.
We are forcefully making millions of animals suffer so we can have safe products. Not only are these animals being put through horrible testing, they are also living in an extremely stressful environment.
They live the duration of their lives in cramped cages and most never experience the outside world of fresh air and sunshine. There are even cases of animals becoming so stressed that they have stress-induced psychosis, which means that living in these labs is literally driving these helpless animals crazy.
Testing on animals is just plain inhumane. There are numerous other solutions that validate the safety of ingredients and products before they are sold to the public. The alternatives to animal testing can be more effective, affordable and humane.
A few solutions would be paid volunteers, using human skin left over from surgical procedures or donated cadavers, and Episkin, EpiDerm and SkinEthic, according to PETA and The Human Society of the United States.
Humans have a voice and can be reasoned with, unlike animals, which make paid volunteers a great alternative for animal testing. Paying humans to go through various testing to make sure a product is safe for humans makes a lot more sense than testing a product on an animal to see how it will possibly react on a human.
Using donated cadavers can help determine the rate at which a chemical is able to penetrate the skin. It can help measure the rate of reaction of the chemical to human skin and also the outcome of the reaction.
Lastly, we can test products on artificial human skin. We can see how human skin would react without harming any animals in the process.
I have taken steps to try and stop animal testing by switching over to products that do not test on animals. I believe that animals deserve to have some rights granted to them and humans should not harm them for their personal convenience but rather protect them.