The Issue

Animal testing for cosmetics still happens. Over 80% of the world allows animals to be used in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests and these animal tested cosmetics can be purchased in every country across the globe.

Animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics testing worldwide. Cruelty Free International believes this is ethically unacceptable and unnecessary.

Why are animals used to test cosmetics?

We all want cosmetics and toiletries to work and not harm us in the process, so companies are required by regulators around the world to prove this. Traditionally, cosmetics have been tested on animals to demonstrate they are effective and safe.

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However, this can be done by not only using approved tests that do not use animals, but also by sticking to the many combinations of existing ingredients that have already been established as safe for human use. These modern methods are better for humans as they are more reliable at predicting how we will react, and of course better for animals who no longer have to suffer.

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In some countries animal tests for most cosmetics products and ingredients continue to take place despite not even being specifically required by law.

Animal tests may still be carried out around the world for three main reasons – regulators have not yet approved or accepted new non-animal tests; some cosmetics companies are selling products with innovative ingredients where they are still using traditional animal tests and governments around the world are still allowing the tests to happen.

Humane alternatives

Humane alternatives

Using animals to test cosmetics is unethical and unnecessary. There are many reliable and humane alternatives which do not involve animal suffering.

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