I am not sure if those of you who support the testing of animals really know what it is about. Obviously, it is not only rats that suffer. In the US, about five million dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, monkeys, and other animals die from lethal tests performed on them. Substances are forced into the animals’ throats, pumped into their stomachs, where the substance causes stomach ruptures in some cases, injected into a vein, applied to the eyes, rectum and vagina or inhaled through a gas mask. The animals react by breathing hard, having diarrhea, bleeding from the eyes, nose or mouth. The animals sit terrified in their barren cages and as they are stressed, they show neurotic behaviors such as pulling out their own hair, shaking, rocking back and forth, biting themselves. If someone passes by their cage they cower in fear. Their life is marked by loneliness, terror and pain. There are already many companies that have turned their back to animal testing. They have done their homework: there are alternative tests such as testing on human cell cultures and tissue studies (in vitro tests) and artificial human “skin” and “eyes” that imitate the body’s natural properties. Computer virtual organs can also be used as accurate models of human body parts. EPISKIN™ and EpiDerm™ are multi-layered skin models that consist of cultures of human skin cells. These methods have been scientifically validated and accepted around the world as good replacements of animal testing.
Companies that don't test on animals:
Abercrombie & Fitch
LIDO Skin Care
Paul Mitchell Systems
(amongst many others)
Companies that do test on animals:
Dolce & Gabbana
Procter & Gamble
Johnson & Johnson (and the list goes on and on)
I think it is time to reconsider our favorite brands...