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

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.

4. Toilet Paper

Bounty, Charmin, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Puffs and Scott Tissue, along with a nearly all of the other major toilet paper brands test their products on animals. Avoid buying bleached or fragranced toilet paper and tissues and opt for unbleached, recycled and eco friendly instead. One company you know you can trust is Seventh Generation, who clearly state that they have never conducted or commissioned any animal testing of their products or ingredients.

5. Razors

Gillette, Schick, Braun, Bic, you name it, most manufacturers of razors conduct animal testing. While many of these major players make claims that can appear as though they have ditched animal experimentation, these claims often cannot be trusted as they are deceiving and the companies do in fact still continue to test on animals.

6. Stationary

Bic, one of the largest manufacturers for disposable products such as lighters, magnets, ballpoint pens, printed paper products and razors, claim that they are currently observing a moratorium on animal testing, however they refuse to rule out future tests. Post-It and Scotch Tape owned by 3M are another company that may appear innocent but in fact test their products on animals.

7. Furniture Polish

Another unexpected product that’s tested on animals is your every day furniture polish, along with washing up liquid, air freshener and bleach. Tests involve giving animals high toxic doses of chemicals or rubbing irritants into their eyes or skin. Some ‘green’ cleaning products are equally at fault; while they might state that the finished product is not tested on animals, the ingredients still are.

Even though it can be overwhelming to live a cruelty-free lifestyle when so many of your favorite products are tested on animals, do not despair! There are no end of amazing resources out there to help you along the way.

The Leaping Bunny has a comprehensive list of those who do and don’t test on animals so you know who to trust and who to steer clear of when doing your shopping. Go Cruelty Free and PETA are also two other useful resources to utilize. Of course, one of the best ways to find out the truth and ensure you are making the most compassionate choice possible is to contact the company directly.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks for the article.

Karen H.
Karen H.8 months ago

One more thing for those who are going to say that animal testing is still necessarey in medical research and pharmacy.

Please seach for "aerzte gegen tierversuche english" (doctors against animal testing) and read the "Why animal experiments are not needed" information there before commenting.

Karen H.
Karen H.8 months ago

The only option to stop animal testing is leaving products tested on animals in the shelves.

I am not perfect too but I do my best to avoid products tested on animals as best as I can by following 3 simple shopping steps.

1) Ask for animal cruelty free products and ask for a proof that this product (and ingredients) is cruelty free. (reason: most people think if "tested on animals" is not labeled the product is cruelty free which is an incorrect assumption)

2) Let the staff know that you don't buy this product because it's not proven that the product is animal friendly.

3) Leave a message (email, letter, phone call) at customer service (you find the contact details on the company homepage) that you'd like to see more animal friendly products in their shelves because you don't buy products tested on animals.
You may leave an information where they can find information about the risk of products tested on animals and how to find animal friendly products.


main soucres (as far as I konw) where you can find info are:

gocrueltyfree [dot] org
peta > cruelty-free-company-search


We have the power to change it by changing our consumer behavior.
If we shop as cruelty free as possible (and we request proves) then - and only then the producing industry will get significant losses in revenue which forces them into action.

Note beside:
Many well known companies state that THEY do not test on anim

Mike H.
Mike H.about a year ago

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

Ann Breuer
Ann B.about a year ago

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

Angela P.
Angela Padovaniabout a year ago

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.

Sarah W
Sarah Wabout a year ago

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

Susan D.
Susan D.about a year ago

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

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