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Animal Testing For Cosmetics

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The European Union recognized that it was not necessary to subject animals to harmful and deadly experiments for cosmetics. However, due to large pressure from the cosmetic industry, the Union seeks to recant its support of cruelty-free beauty products.


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Faith Billingham (3)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:35 am
Thanks for sharing!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:37 am
Signed and shared the petition, companies need to stop bowing to corporate pressure and do what concerned consumers want, the deadline must be kept, the path of least resistance is absolutely ludicrous..and is cruelty to animals as they cannot speak for themselves and I am quite sure they do resist, and are forced to endure the suffering and inevitably the long term side effects that become evident, and untold of later on...

Eileen Novak (444)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:37 am
Another fine article. Thanks Deb.
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Terry King (113)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:38 am
Cruelty in the service of vanity is especially disgusting!

Sally M (72)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:48 am
Thanks for sharing Deb....this cause is one of the most important out there and everyone should be aware of what horrors and pain and needless evil suffering animals endure just because we humans are too lazy, or too stupid, or too selfish, to buy cruelty free cosmetics and cleaning products!
Even Walmart has a section of natural cosmetics that are 100% cruelty free. There is no excuse anymore for not buying a product that wasn't tested on some poor innocent animal!
Why people don't research this is beyond my understanding...and some of these people are extreme animal lovers too, but they won't give up their 'brand name' cosmetics because of various selfish reasons.......incomprehensible!

Deb Duxbury (240)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:48 am
Thank you for letting me know Eileen. Doesn't it just figure - the one link I didn't test ... and the bugger doesn't work. Ah, you've got to love life! On the right side of the article you will see a Forum button. Click on that and look for the "Just For A Laugh" topic. I'd also get it set up in Care2 if I could ever get my "Share" area to work. ;-)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:50 am
Signed & noted. Only cruelty free for me.

. (1)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:50 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Deb.

Deb Duxbury (240)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:53 am
Thanks Sally. If you are interested I can show you how to avoid cleaning products. It is easy to make your own and FAR safer than any chemical you will purchase in a store. I'm happy to share my knowledge. It is a fact that in most households in America the deadliest place is found underneath the kitchen sink.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 10:34 am

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 11:00 am
Signed , but can't get to the video's...will try on your site...thanks for the info on making our own make-up :-)

Maria p (151)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 11:42 am

Pia M (88)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 12:55 pm
The PDF list of cruelty-free cosmetics is easy to print and keep in your purse when shopping for cosmetics or household products - but in case anyone needs a searchable database, see Leaping Bunny's Cruelty-Free Compassionate Shopping Guide or BUAV's

Pia M (88)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 12:57 pm
Sorry - I don't understand why my comments get cut sometimes when I try to give a direct link. BUAV's Go Cruelty Free site: (European companies, same Leaping Bunny standard).

Mary T (178)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 1:46 pm
Thanks Deb for posting this very interesting article, I have a list of things the uses testing on animals and I will not use any of them, Stop any kind of testing on animals it is truly inhumane and not needed if enough people stop buying products from companies that use animals for testing they will get the message, Love the video about the Seagull and thanks for the info on making your own make-up.

Mervi R (74)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 2:02 pm
noted, signed

Kenny V (173)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 2:27 pm
So pathetic with 10 years to do what should never have been done,these toxic waste peddlers and animal testing psychopaths still lobby Governments and influence media with their destructive pseudoscience.Whats to preserve? They torture & kill animals to test poisons and toxic waste they can't otherwise sell and hide it in our bodies. If you don't know what it is on the ingredients list, don't buy or use it.
Terrific article and site Deb, thanks for offering safe and compassionate alternatives with lots of helpful info

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 3:19 pm
Noted. Thanks Deb for a very great post!

linda b (186)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 3:29 pm
Signed, thanks Deb.

Laura Mattei (109)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 4:42 pm
Thank you Deb: I love you for posting this!!! We are fighting hard hard hard against vivisection, we want 2013 to be respected for cosmetics, and we want vivisection to be abolished completely, but they already signed a new law that is pro-vivisection because of the pharmaceutical lobbies: all this must stop!!! Thank you for posting this, I oted it, of course! Thank you again

Ruth McD (839)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 4:43 pm
Signed. Thanks Deb.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 5:29 pm
Thank you, Deb, for another good article that deals with an extremely important issue. I have, of course, signed the petition and am fully supportive of the ban.

Other cruelty-free shopping guides:

Another petition to sign:, and a pledge to go cruelty-free:

Since the applaudable idea surfaced in 2003 of imposing the ban on animal-tested cosmetics in 2013 (which makes 10 years already!), the EU should stop procrastinating and carry out the plan with no further delay! The EU is powerful enough not to be such a chicken as to succumb to some pressure of the cosmetic industry, and to take a firm stand and do what is right! Cruelty-free produce is so thin on the ground, as I sadly notice, while it should be vice versa!


Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 5:41 pm
And thanks for sharing the videos -- they are so funny :) It feels good to watch these playful little creatures.

Constance F (418)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 6:26 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Deb because you have done so within the last week.
Thank you Deb for another great article. Forwarding. PS: I have been making my own lotions and cosmetics ( Picked up a book years ago - Jeanne Roses's herbal body book- great little find.

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 6:56 pm
I love the idea of trying the burnt almonds and beet powder, strawberry idea. I was never a big make up person any way. Good read. Thank you.

Maryanne C (111)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 7:01 pm
noted and signed,thanks

Patricia N (9)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 8:54 pm
Another thing we are going backward on instead of forward.

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:22 pm
When Sarah Palin said, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," I thought it was funny. But if that lipstick causes the pig to develop lead poisoning or cancer, it's not! It's an absolute shame that products are tested on innocent animals. There's a high price to pay for vanity. Unfortunately, the higher portion of that price is not being paid by the consumer, but by an innocent animal who will either die or be used for other experiments. Why don't they just limit their ingredients to those that are already known to be safe?

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:23 pm
Forgot to thank Deb for the great post. Signed and noted.

Regina P (65)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 10:19 pm
Noted & signed. Thanks

Farah H (155)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 11:46 pm
noted and signed, thank you

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 11:49 pm
I am writing this letter not because I am a scientist or an intellect or a graduate. This is from a humble human being from the bottom of my heart.

Mother earth and her inhabitants, humans and animals share this beauty of nature together and the ultimate aim is to live with her in peace and harmony where cruelty is not suppose to be part of it. People have altered it all.

What a shame that we as humans can face the cruel treatment of animals, whether it is in the laboratory, companies, factories, Circuses, Zoos, Puppy mills, Fur industry or individual torturing of animals, wild and domesticated. That includes euthanasia in a cruel way – gassing and heart stick.

Animals in the laboratories are being tortured and killed in the name of science for the welfare of the human being. Who are we to decide that it is all in order to do cruel tests on these animals, when they scream and try to escape from the danger they find themselves in. They use body language to communicate with the scientist and the abusive person, yet we fail to recognize the cruelty behind this. It is not natural for any animal to be put through trauma deliberately. This earth is their planet too. Looking at nature and unhampered wilderness, I tend to think that this earth is their territory in the first place. We as humans have invaded their space to make way for technology and industries. Technology has put us in a dwindling spiral and thus the reason all the conflict between nations, let alone the animals that have to suffer due to our unethical behavior.

Ironically, we are so dependent on animals for our survival. Humans fear old age, illness and death and justify the cruel experiments on animals. For how many years should man be the beast and behave like the beast and keep torturing animals that any scientist can see is endless suffering. How does a scientist go home and treat his family with passion and yet the other side of him is non caring towards other forms of life. How can he watch an animal being clamped from head to toe and observe the fear, kicking and “pleading for mercy”. How can he look at the pain and turn his head and have no remorse for his actions towards an animal that experience the same pain as any human.
Has scientist not gathered enough information and written libraries full of books of all the tests being administered on animals?

Scientists are still testing for the cure of cancer and aids and many other illnesses. They want to find a cure for all the illness and a tablet to curb old age. What for? We all have to complete the cycle of life. We all have to “depart” one day and make space for the new. It is the natural order of all living things, exactly like the weather pattern. Start educating humans to live a life of ethical and moral standards and see the Aids decline. Teach humans to wash their hands and see cholera decline. We regard ourselves as the higher species and yet we can not obey the basic rules in life. It is time we look at the behavior of animals and their self discipline. They can teach us plenty about pride and dignity.

Is it not perhaps fame that drives the scientist towards these deeds? Are these tests truly for the human survival? At a new discovery in the lab, the scientist name is on all the billboards, the media coverage and most probably the Nobel price too. Yes, the wealth speaks for it self. Do you want to see real trauma? Ask any very wealthy person to contribute towards charity and observe the devastating pain on his face. He regards his bank balance far more superior than life itself. Humans will do anything to hold on to their status which is so important for his survival. Greed has surpassed humanity………..

Mans best weapon is his reasoning. We have used it and we have abused it and then we go up in arms because this planet is not a safe place to live in anymore. Cruelty has increased. Crime has increased. Illness is taking lives of young people. Corruption has increased. All this is due to the sad behavior of people that call themselves human.

What scientist can do is start experimenting on humans and try to find out why some are so cruel and evil and only a handful show dignity towards our planet and our animals. Why am I different than the cruel and evil person? Don’t test on animals to find out why humans have lost the plot! Humanity is on the endangered list and people became used to the idea of being barbaric. The barbaric gene has invaded the human body and filled the cavity of humanity. We have lost our dignity, our ethics, our honesty, our principles and moral standards. What is left ………nothing. We are empty vessels!

desanka s (416)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 11:50 pm
Animals are emotional beings, born with same rights and what we do! Until we finally have courage to recognize cruelty for what it is, we cannot expect things to be better. Animals are real nature beauties! Thank you Deb.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 12:05 am

Wednesday August 17, 2011, 1:55 am
signed on April 7
noted with thanks

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 3:06 am

Andrea Nemec (213)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 4:24 am
Noted and already signed! Thank you Deb for this amazing article!

Elsie Au (259)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 4:28 am
Thanks Deb for another great article on the important issue. I agree with Julie that scientists should spend their brain power to find out why some humans can be so cruel and find the way to cure this. Oh, they also should try to be more humane and stop doing animal experiment.

Lisa N (204)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 6:14 am
Signed gladly & shared on FB, thanks Deb!

Deb Duxbury (240)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 3:03 pm
For those who use Facebook feel free to like the Animal Life Fan Page

SANDRA R (145)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 2:55 am
Noted and already signed. Thank you Deb.

De L (321)
Saturday August 20, 2011, 8:01 am
Gladly signed. I've been in the skin care and cosmetics industry for 32 years and would NEVER sell or use anything that is tested on animals. Are these people still in the "dark ages"? This is simply another case of greed.

Joan for Peace (413)
Wednesday August 31, 2011, 11:42 pm
thanks for the post, signed the petition and posted and tweeted. this is another one of those things that is so wrong its hard to understand why others dont see it. pledge to be cruelty free. amen sisters

Nancy C (806)
Monday September 12, 2011, 6:40 pm
thanx, s&n
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