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How looking good and smelling nice can save lives!

How looking good and smelling nice can save lives!

Posted 30 July 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: animal testing, cruelty free, EU

Did you know that in the 15 minutes it takes you to get ready in the morning, you can make a difference to the lives of animals? And you can start by checking out what's on top of your bathroom counter right now ...

While testing cosmetics and other personal products on animals isn't allowed in Australia, sadly companies are still allowed to import make-ups, shampoos etc that were tested on animals overseas. You can see this every time you hit the shops - Clean & Clear, Dove, L'Oreal cosmetics and perfumes, as well as heaps of products made by big companies such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble (like, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Oral B) - they've all been tested on animals.

Image from osocio.org

If you think just the idea of testing on animals sounds awful, then maybe skip straight to the next paragraph. The types of tests used are the stuff of horror movies. Rubbing chemicals into eyes; applying corrosive substances onto skin, causing burns and gaping wounds; and the LD50 test - which I don't even want to talk about. Animals from rats to cats to dogs are all burnt, poisoned and even killed in product testing.

Fortunately, there is good news. The EU is hoping to ban all cosmetics tested on animals (regardless of where the testing took place) by 2013. It makes me think that Leonardo da Vinci might have been on to something when he said, "One day the world will look upon research on animals as it now looks upon research on human beings".

If you think animals are beautiful just the way they are, and shouldn't be a part of cosmetic testing then add your voice to chorus of others who are saying "NO!" to animal tests. Also, shoot the pollies a message demanding an end to the import of products tested on animals. You can also use this cruelty-free shopping guide to find out which products you should feel good about using. There are loads of them around!

And don't forget to jump onto the forum to ask other Unleashed members for advice when you're looking for cruelty-free mouthwash or make-up ... anything really! You're bound to get some good tips there. Don't just do what I did recently - not use any deodorant or mouthwash. It was a lonely four years ...

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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 30 July 2012
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I bet that was the ultimadum for working for AA - We'll give you a job.. if you use ___ mouthwash and __ ethical deodorant tongue
It is a really good point though. Alot of people don't seem to take those who actively protest against animal testing seriously, because of all the medications and such people use on a day to day business that have been or are tested on animals. However as controversial as that point is, surely something we can all agree on is that animal tests are definatly not needed in the cosmetic industry?
I will never understand justification for leather, wool, fur or beauty products that endorse/use animal testing, as it's needless cruelty and torture to animals simply for the sake of vanity. Certainly in a society where there are so many other options out there we need do advocate for these little guys and prove it's no longer needed - nor has it ever been really! peace
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...2 ...2 31 July 2012
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There is truly no excuse for testing cosmetics, toiletries and beauty products on animals. None of the "justifications" for this tragic, unethical practice actually make it acceptable, and are null and void anyway. The majority of substances and combinations of substances a company may wish to use have already been tested, and even if they DO need to test to see whether a substance is harmful to humans or not, scientists can grow human skin. These tests are not only ethically sound, but also more accurate and more effective than animal testing. After a product is tested on animals, it has to be tested on humans anyway. Tests conducted with human skin cells are more practical and accurate, so what's the excuse? Money? For the likes of Procter & Gamble, L'Oreal and Dove? I don't think so.
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 31 July 2012
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Did you know that kitty litter can be tested on animals? No thanks to Procter & gamble!
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