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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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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.

11:51AM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Disgusting and despicable - This should end today!

12:51PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

So sad for all these animals.
I am glad to know witch companies are doiing this. I never buy their products!!!

10:55AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

It's so hard to find products that aren't tested on animals.....it's a very frustrating process. Between that and finding products that don't contain palm oil.....it seems that the only safe way to insure avoiding these products is to make them at home yourself....

8:45AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

I try hard not to buy prosucts that are tested on animals but then you find out that practically evertyhting is tested, unacceptable

1:59PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Why don´t we test on rapers??

1:59PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Guilty of using Venus from Gillette ;(
I will have to find another brand! Sharing this post, thanks!

12:54PM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

:/

6:33AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Hills?! That's...(censored)
Not a cent from me for this companies.
Procter and gamble? One will be more clean washing his hands with no soap than washing with THIS.

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