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7 Shocking Products You Wouldn’t Believe Are Tested on Animals

7 Shocking Products You Wouldn’t Believe Are Tested on Animals
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Each year, more than 100 million animals suffer and die in cruel and barbaric tests and experiments, which is an incredible 274,000 a day, or three every second…and that’s a conservative estimate because mice, rats, birds and all cold blooded animals (who account for 95 percent of animals used in experiments) are uncounted as they are not even covered by the minimal protections of the Animal Welfare Act.

The truth is that even though more and more people are rejecting animal testing every day, many of our most used products are tested on animals and we don’t even realize it. While the main culprits that spring to mind when thinking about animal testing are makeup, medicine and personal care, unfortunately there are a whole lot more involved in this disgusting practice.

Here are just 7 shocking examples:

1. Diapers
Animals are forced to ingest the ingredients used in diapers along with having them tested against their skin to detect allergic reactions. Despite claims from Proctor and Gamble (the parent company of Pampers) about making efforts to switch to cruelty free testing alternatives, they continue to conduct horrific experiments on animals. Kimberly-Clark, owners of Huggies, are no better either.

2. Pet Food

The same companies creating food that is supposed nourish our pets are also killing them. There’s a lot of information out there regarding the shocking practices of Iams, Hills and Eukanuba, labeling them as some of the worst offenders. None of these tests are actually required by law and humane alternatives do exist. Luckily these days, there are plenty of other options to choose from including V-dogfood and Evolution Diet.

3. Contact Lenses

As contact lenses are classed as a medical device and are regulated by the FDA, they too are tested on animals. As per the FDA, all medical devices must be tested on animals before being deemed safe for human use. All major brands are guilty of testing the lenses as well as the saline solution, but thankfully there are some cruelty free brands out there such as Clear Conscience.

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9:39PM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

Animal testing on consumer products is the product of heartless corporations. It must be eradicated

9:44PM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

these companies need fined and boycotted!!!!! animal testing should BY LAW be punishable.....I will not purchase any of these products....animal abuse is NOT ACCEPTABLE EVER

7:46AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

Most of these products don't seem to need testing, and if they did need testing there are plenty of unemployed people who probably would sign up to get paid to have the testing done on them. The only one I can see on the list is diapers (not sure why they are making animals ingest diapers), and furniture polish (probably a no brainer for testing - if someone eyes water when the product is sprayed, something is wrong with the product, no need to put in an animal's eyes).

Animal testing needs to stop. Basically it seems like it just keeps researchers employed who are heartless and don't mind abusing animals so they can make a paycheck.

1:58AM PDT on Sep 20, 2014

I cant believe in this day and age people still insist on testing on animals, its unnecessary when there are alternative ways!

5:51PM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

To be absolutely sure that the products you buy have NOT been tested on animals at ANY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT (which is a sneaky way many companies get away with saying one thing and doing another), buy ONLY Leaping Bunny certified cosmetics, personal products, and household products.

http://leapingbunny.org/ - North America
http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/ - International

7:36PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

:'(

1:14AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Disgusting.

4:25AM PDT on May 17, 2014

very interesting and shocking, thanks for sharing :)

5:18AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Shut them down.

12:43AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Thank you for sharing. No more buy these things.

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