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Hundreds of Mice Killed for Beauty Treatment

Hundreds of Mice Killed for Beauty Treatment

Cosmetics are still being tested on animals in the EU, despite a ban that has been in effect in Britain since 1998 and across Europe since 2003.

The Daily Mail reports on a woman called “Jenny Brown” who went undercover a year ago to investigate a lab testing a product called Dysport, which is similar to and a rival of Botox. Dysport, like Botox, paralyzes muscles and is used as a treatment for wrinkles. 

Her investigation found mice being routinely injected with more and more Dysport until at least fifty percent of the animals were dead from paralysis and suffocation. This type of procedure is called an LD50 test – so called because it determines the lethal dose for 50 percent of a given population.

Jenny was horrified to witness lab technicians euthanizing the mice who were not expected to live much longer by means of kneeling on the floor and breaking the mouse’s neck with a ball point pen. She witnessed technicians botch the procedure and instead break the mouse’s back, leaving it writhing in pain with a broken spine.

If a mouse survived the injections and wasn’t put on the candidate list for a Bic-facilitated mercy killing, then she had the honor of being gassed with carbon dioxide with hundreds of others. No happy ending here.

The reason why these tests are happening in spite of an EU ban on testing cosmetics on animals gets more complicated the more you learn about it. In the EU, it is legal to test licensed medical products on animals, so the Dysport tests were technically on a medical product that coincidentally can also be prescribed “off-label” as a beauty treatment.

The manufacturer of Dysport refused to comment on what percentage of Dysport was used for cosmetic purposes.

The Dysport scenario is one of several holes in the ban on cosmetic animal testing. The EU recently introduced legislation that requires ingredients in household items be tested (primarily on animals) for safety. This will affect manufacturers of cosmetics that don’t test on animals and don’t wish to because some of their cosmetics may contain common ingredients. One company has already had to remove an ingredient from their products because it was recently mandated to be tested on animals.

You can currently sell cosmetics in Europe that were tested on animals as long as the tests didn’t happen in Europe. A ban on selling any cosmetic tested on animals has been delayed for at least four years. This is still only scraping the surface of the tangled web of international regulations and production safety initiatives.

Most Europeans think that the age when animals were tortured and killed for human vanity was over, but they’re wrong. As long as any animal testing is permitted anywhere, we will continue to live in a medical dark age where animals are killed en masse so that we can continue to look young and beautiful.

If we want to end cosmetic animal testing, we must end all animal testing. Only by advancing alternatives to animal testing can we find a solution that is scientifically consistent and ethically sound.

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4:52AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Grab, grab, grab! That's what it's all about these days...make money with your cosmetics companies, make profits and to heck with the animals which have to die along the way. Why pick on creatures which have no say in their survival? Why don't they all do their tests on humans, obviously with their permission, and pay them? We all know the answer to that!
A while back, I used the foundation (we call it the 'base' in S.A.) of one of the most well-known cosmetics brands. This particular brand is notorious for its animal-testing laboratories. Fat lot of good... every time I applied it around my eye area, my eyes stung painfully... friends complained of the same thing. How many mice died for the production of that foundation, which was a flop anyway? Mind you, I had been thinking of moving away from that brand because of the animal-testing aspect, and much as I battled to find the same colour in another make, it was worth it. I hope when these people and that bitch who accidentally (and of course uncaringly) broke that white mouse's back, will go to heaven (if they are lucky) and find that God looks like a huge white mouse. Good luck to all you wonderful people out there who are compassionately doing what you can to end all of this horror.

11:50AM PST on Feb 17, 2011

How sad that these innocent mice, endure painful tests and cruel death, all so women can have less wrinkles.

Think about it!

6:46AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

It pains!

2:35AM PST on Feb 11, 2011

Thank you for posting.

2:30AM PST on Feb 10, 2011

why don't the scientists test themselves!? And finally, the happy ending for all of us.. break the neck!
Oh yeah, we would be rid of them in short time...
shame on you... weak!

12:43AM PST on Feb 9, 2011

Be Aware and CARE! Companies that are cruelty free generally make better products too : )

12:56AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

I only buy products that aren't tested on animals! It's on their label, i hope labels don't lie! We all should do that!

4:19PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

PS.. wish you would give names. Thanks again.

4:16PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

It needs to stop. Thank you.

2:23PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Testing and experimenting on animals for any purpose sickens me. We should make these companies list on the product label, that animals were use in the development of this product.

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