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.
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.
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.
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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