Tears rolling down my cheeks. Is this what reality looks like for milions of species on this planet?
Since a couple of years people are getting more and more conscious about the beauty products they buy. Make-up, shampoo, showergel, face cleansers, etcetera. Is it made with natural ingredients? Is it available in glass, not just plastic? Is it tested on animals?
It is unbelievable how many brands, especially the big ones, still test their products on animals. And it is even more astonishing, how so few people know that not just mice or rats are the victims of these barbaric rituals. Cats, dogs, rabbits, monkeys..
Cats? Yes, even your own fluffy friend could be a victim. Why do people care so much? Don’t we need it tested before we use it?
First of all, let’s check some pictures. Maybe then you understand why people demonstrate against it. (Including pretty devastating pictures!)
Second of all, the tissues of these animals are different than ours. So do we have a certainty it will be safe? No. Not even with illnesses. “The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades and it simply didn’t work in human beings.” – Dr. Richard Klausner, former director of the US National Cancer Institute. So that argument goes right out of the window. Next to that, even if it was exact science, this is just crossing lines. We need to respect our fellow neighbours on this planet and let them live like we would want to live. They are alive, they are not robots, built to test products.
Proefdiervrij (a Dutch organisation against animal testing) already supports a solution! Tissue, built from human cells, and multiplied by science. They can even create mini organs, called Organoids. This way we still can test it, but not on our furry friends, but on real human tissue.
Are there other brands that are affordable and not tested on these furballs? Yes. You can always check websites like Naoki or Ethical Elephant which lists brands that are ‘clean’, like Lush.
So think before you want to buy that mascara or showergel. Is it really worth it? Does a rabbit eye not count at all? Not buying, means loss in profit. Loss in profit means they need to change their ways. Make it happen, you can do it –