Some will undergo irritancy tests that cause severe chemical burns to their sensitive skin; others will be forced to ingest harmful chemicals that can lead to fatal poisoning.
To study the ‘effects’, animals are often left to languish for days without pain relief. This tells us nothing about toxicity to humans. As a consumer, you have the power to help end this cruelty.
While our laws make it difficult to test cosmetic products on animals in Australia, many companies like Procter & Gamble (who own Gillette, Pantene, Oral-B, Covergirl, and others), Unilever (who own Dove, Rexona, Lynx, SunSilk, and others) and Colgate/Palmolive still allow animal testing of their products.
As a result, many Australian shoppers are unwittingly buying imported products at the supermarket from companies that have allowed testing on animals.
Toxicity tests blind, burn, poison and kill millions of rabbits, dogs and other animals every year. Not only are these tests cruel, they are completely unnecessary. The majority of ingredients commonly used in household cleaners or cosmetics have been safety tested years ago. And the differences in animal physiology means that even brand new ingredients can’t be accurately tested for human safety on anything other than humans.
There are plenty of companies using readily-available alternatives to animal testing which show that there are no more excuses to torture animals.