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:
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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