Despite Activists Efforts, Animal Testing Still Legal

Posted on February 24, 2016 by


At Fleetwood Area High School, more than half of the students have animals and a love for animals. Across the world, animals are being used for cosmetic testing. That might be a way to change your thoughts on makeup.

Europe has the largest cosmetic market, and animal testing is banned in areas like Israel and India. But it is not banned in the United States. Over the years, there have been thousands of innocent animals that were poisoned and killed for chemicals in the cosmetics.

The animals they are using could be the same as pets families have in their homes, including guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice. The chemicals being applied burn them. Some animals get the highest dose of chemicals, and they can endure seizures, paralysis, and convulsions.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, does not require animal testing, but they do not promote animal testing on cosmetics.

Companies who use animal testing to test their products force feed the animals to check general signs of sickness and other signs for cancer or birth defects. They do not always just test makeup. They also test household products and even medicine on animals.

According to the Humane Society, registration of a single pesticide requires more than fifty experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals. Each animal is tested every day for two years or until it is dead.

According to, there was a law passed in 1938 by the FDA that states that cosmetics must be tested. They used to test products on humans, but their skin would burn. In the 1930’s, there was a case of a woman who was testing mascara for a company and sustained severe burns from the testing. She died from infection. There are multiple cases of a woman going blind from testing products.

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