A Shocking List of Companies Who Still Test on Animals
I am very much against animal testing. Many can argue the facts, but this won't change my views. I'm the kind of person who swerves to avoid hitting an animal where I live in the countryside (much to the horror of my family and friends). I just couldn't live with the guilt if I were to hit a raccoon, deer or even a little chipmunk. Testing on animals is just beyond my comprehension; how people can subject a living animal to gruesome tests is unimaginable.
When I started to look into companies who test on animals, I was truly shocked by the number of them who are still doing it today. What shocked me further is the amount of products in my cupboard that have been developed with the use of animal testing. Although many companies do specify if they do not test on animals, none of them specify when they do.
This list outlines companies who either test on animals or pay a laboratory to conduct tests on them and the products associated with these tests:
Labs Who Conduct Animal Testing
You can view a list of laboratories in the USA who conduct animal testing here. The list is unbelievably long.
Products: Always, Braun, Aussie, Crest, DDF, Clairol, Fekkai, Febreeze, Downy, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Gillette, Joy, Ivory, Iams, Max Factor, Oral-B, Old Spice, Olay, Nice N' Easy, Natural Instincts, Mr. Clean, Puffs, Pantene, Pampers, Secret, Scope, Tide, Swiffer, Vicks, Zest
Products: Airwick, Clearasil, Calgon, Easy-off, Finish, Lysol, Old English, Spray N' Wash, Woolite, Veet
Products: Drano, Glade, Fantastik, Nature's Source, Off, Oust, Pledge, Raid, Shout, Scrubbing Bubbles, Skintimate, Windex
Products: Acuvue, Aveeno, Band-Aid, Carefree, Clean & Clear, KY, Lubriderm, Listerine, Neutrogena, Purell, Rogaine, ROC, Rembrandt, Reach, Stayfree
Products: Axe, Comfort, Dove, Lux, Ponds, Signal, Sunsilk, Vaseline, Sunlight, Suave
Products: Aim, Arrid, Mentadent, Kaboom, Nair, Oxiclean
Products: Palmolive, Speedstick, Softsoap, Mennen
Products: Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Lancome, Kiehl's, Kerastase, Maybelline, Redken, Vichy
The FDA states, "FDA supports and adheres to the provisions of applicable laws, regulations, and policies governing animal testing, including the Animal Welfare Act and thePublic Health Service Policy of Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals."
* List provided by Peta (last updated on 04/26/2012)
Will you continue to use the above products, even if they test on animals?
According to the USDA
- 61% of animals used suffer no pain
- 31% have pain relieved with anesthesia
- 6% experience pain, as alleviation would compromise the validity of the data. Much of this work is directed at an understanding of pain.
- In the USA, an estimated 70 million animals are maimed, blinded, scalded, force-fed chemicals and otherwise killed because of animal testing each year
- Many scientists believe that the stress that animals endure in labs can affect experiments, making the results inaccurate
- Rats are 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer in humans, making it almost completely inaccurate
- Worldwide, at least 22 animals die every second in labs (in the UK one animal dies every five seconds)
Companies Against Animal Testing
- PETA list of companies who don't test on animals
The list only includes companies that make cosmetics, personal-care products, or household-cleaning products. PETA's Caring Consumer Project was founded to help consumers choose products that don't contribute to animal suffering. No law requires that
- LUSH Cosmetics
LUSH is firmly committed to a policy that not only inhibits testing our products and ingredients on animals, or engaging with third-party suppliers to do so on our behalf, but that also prohibits buying any ingredient from any supplier that is so.
- Humane Cosmetics Standard UK
Go Cruelty Free
- The Body Shop
The company boasts values & campaigns and are forever against animal testing.