Cosmetics are an important part of the way many people feel good about themselves, but do you ever think about how they’re tested?
According to The Humane Society of the U.S, animal testing is not legally required for cosmetics in the U.S., but instead that doesn’t stop companies from resorting to this cruel practice. Tests that use animals to assess the safety of cosmetics and personal care products—such as lipstick, mascara, shampoo, and cologne—are still extremely common in the United States. It’s estimated that thousands of mice, guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits suffer and die in these tests every year in the U.S. alone. Pain relief is rarely provided and the animals used are always killed at the end of each test.
Lush, a cruelty-free cosmetics company, collaborated with performance artist Jacqueline Traide in 2012 to show how horrific animal testing truly is.
Traide took part in various simulations of what happens to animals during testing to reveal the cruelty of the practice.
WARNING: This video is graphic.
Check out the Humane Society’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign to learn about anti-animal testing legislation and see how to support cosmetics companies like Lush who don’t test their products on animals. And be sure to share this to raise awareness and help put an end to animal testing for good.
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