Almost a million animals are used for animal testing in the United States Alone. In 2014, the number was 834,453, including guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, pigs, sheep, cats, and more. The dog of choice is the beagle. This doesn't even include rats, mice, birds or fish, meaning that 93% of research is conducted on animals which are not counted under the US Animal Welfare Act. If these animals were included, the number could be 12-25 million, a staggering number for an outdated, cruel, and ineffective solution to human safety.
The Humane Society has declared this week (March 13-19) Be Cruelty Free Week to raise awareness and support of the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ban animal testing on cosmetics. The overwhelming majority of people support a national cosmetics testing ban (66-88% worldwide). All we need is the law to put our public outcry into action.
Recorded number of animals used in research in the US in 2014, not including most animals.
"Cosmetics” refers to makeup as well as personal care products like shampoo, cologne, hairspray and moisturizer. The Humane Cosmetics Act is the first-ever legislation in the US to prohibit the manufacture and sale of animal-tested cosmetics.
The act has already been endorsed by more than 160 stakeholders in the personal care products industry, including Coty (one of the top ten global cosmetic companies), H&M, Lush, Paul Mitchell, Seventh Generation and The Body Shop. More than 30 countries have already phased out animal cosmetics testing, including Norway, Israel, India and the European Union.
Alternatives to animal testing already exist: Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives (which include artificial tissue and the test tube method) are often cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable predictors of safety.
Learn more about animal testing with this beautifully done infographic by the Humane Society. Take action here by contacting your representatives in government and urging them to support the Humane Cosmetics Act.
Cite US government statistics and Speaking of Research | Via Organic Spa Magazine