A recent search for job openings in the field of animal welfare was quite unsettling- almost all the jobs listed were for research lab assistants. I was shocked. I mean, it’s one of those things we all know goes on, but how many of us know the extent of product testing on animals?
I’ll bet you didn’t know there are thousands of such labs in the US, experimenting on all sorts of animals, including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds. There’s no clear number of how many animals are used, because there are no tracking requirements. Estimates are it’s somewhere around 100 MILLION animals each year. And much of that research is funded by you- either through government grants through the NIH or by your support of products that are tested on animals.
Actually, most of us here in the US are OK with product testing on animals. True, we don’t like that cute little puppies or kitties suffer, but it’s for the good of humanity. Right?
Except that isn’t exactly what happens.
Animal research is one of those things we do because, “We’ve always done it this way,” but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily effective. For instance, did you know cancer has been cured in mice for years? Sure has. But that knowledge didn’t cure cancer in humans, did it?
And much of that research on animals isn’t necessarily for medications.
Many of the products you use every day, from the soap that washes your laundry to the make-up you use, is tested on animals.
That’s right. That cleaner you use that’s safe for your sweet dog? It was first tested on animals.
That lotion that makes your skin so soft? The shampoo that gives your hair bounce?
Surely you don’t believe animals should suffer for your vanity, do you?
So why not decide that from now on you’ll use products that are cruelty-free? It’s not as difficult as you might think. Just look for products with one of these logos, and you know that product hasn’t been tested on animals and doesn’t contain animal products.
Even here in the Deep South, I have no problems finding cleaning products that are cruelty-free, thanks to Seventh Generation cleaning and personal care products.
What about cruelty-free make-up? The possibilities are limitless these days, and there are some great bloggers out there, including Moxie Reviews and Buying Cruelty Free, who can introduce you to the cruelty-free beauty products available, so you can know what you’re buying.
With today’s technological advances, there are many options for product-testing besides doing so on animals. Don’t be a part of the problem by supporting this tired old process. Buy cruelty-free.