companies that test on animals

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What is the deal with animal testing? There isn't much in the media or popular culture about animal testing (besides the Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde storyline) To many, it doesn't seem like it's that big of a deal and it must be done in order for us to have safe products, right? Well, not exactly. Here is the low down on animal testing...

1. It's inhumane
Per the Humane Society International, animals that undergo testing are subjected to force feeding, long periods of physical restraint, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation and infliction of burns and pain to study the healing process. There is even a thing called the Draize Eye Test which puts soap and other products in the eyes of animals with their eyelids clamped open in order to see the side effects. Oh and let's not forget the Lethal Dose 50 test which determines which dose of a chemical will kill 50% of the animals in an experiment. 

2. There are alternative methods that are less expensive
In Vitro testing, which is the study of cell cultures in a petri dish, is a much less expensive test and is actually more accurate because they can test on human cells. Which leads me to...

3. Animals and humans are different so the tests aren't even precise
Animals and humans are different on a cellular level. A test done on a hamster will have different effects on human beings. There are drugs and products we have tested on animals that are totally cool with them but lethal for humans. For example, an animal test on the arthritis drug Vioxx proved that it was beneficial for the hearts of mice. However, the drug caused almost 30K heart attacks! This could go both ways, I am sure there are drugs that were harmful for animals but could have been valuable for humans.

4. What types of animals?
Chimpanzees and other primates, cats, dogs, mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, pigs, farm animals and rabbits. These animals are the most common house pets that we consider part of the family. I certainly wouldn't want my cat, George, or our family's pup, Rowdy, to be in that situation. 

I also want to mention that I am not perfect and I do not expect anyone else to be. I have recently gone through my makeup, cosmetics and household products and have gotten rid of many of them that are made by the brands listed below. I admit, I did finish our box of tide pods instead of throwing them out. I am not suggesting you do the same, I just want to educate people and allow them to establish their own opinions based on facts. I also want to encourage people to be aware of what their dollars are going towards. We vote for what we want in this world with our dollars!  This may be something you care deeply about, or not. We all need to do what's the best for us. 

Also, this may seem like a huge list of companies that test on animals but these brands are owned by just a few large corporations like P&G, L'Oreal, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, S.C. Johnson, Unilever, Colgate & Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser and Church & Dwight. There are, however, many companies that are cruelty free (Bare Minerals, NARS, Paul Mitchell, Wet N' Wild, Aveda, Dermalogica, Tom's, Bath & Body works, Trader Joe's, etc.) I will definitely write a post on this soon. Stay tuned...

C O S M E T I C S  
Almay
AVON
Benefit
Bobbi Brown
Chanel
Clinique
Covergirl
Dior
Dolce & Gabbana
Estee Lauder
Giorgio Armani
Givenchy
L'Oreal
Lancome
Laura Mercier
M.A.C
Make Up For Ever
Marc Jacobs
Mary Kay
Max Factor
Maybelline
Revlon
Shiseido
Sephora Brand
Stila
Tom Ford
Yves Saint Laurent

H A I R  C A R E
Alberto V05
Aussie
Bumble and Bumble
Calirol
Fekkai
GOT2B
Head & Shoulders
Herbal Essences
Joico
John Frieda
Just For Men
Kerastase
Natural Instincts
Nexxus
Nice N' Easy
Pantene
Redken
Rogaine
Schwarzkopf
Sebastian Professional
Suave
Sunsilk
Tresemme
Vidal Sasson

S K I N C A R E
Algenist
Aquafresh
Aveeno
Avon
Bioderma
Biotherm
Bliss
Boscia
Caress
Caudalie
Cetaphil
Clarins
Clarisonic
ChapStick
Clean & Clear
Coppertone
Dove
Dr. Brandt
Dr. Jart
EOS
Eucerin
Fresh
Garnier
Garineau
Glamglow
Johnson & Johnson
Jurlique
Kiehl's
Listerine
L'occitane
La Mer
La Roche Posay
Lab Series for Men
Lubriderm
Mederma
Neutrogena
Nivea
Noxzema
Nuxe
Ojon
Olay
Old Spice
Origins
Pampers
Peter Thomas Roth
Ponds
ROC
Rembrandt
Secret
Simple
SK-II
St. Ives
Vaseline
Vichy
Vicks
Walgreens
Yves Rocher

H O U S E H O L D  P R O D U C T S

Arm & Hammer
Clorox
Comet
Dial
Febreze
Glade
Irish Spring
Ivory
Lysol
Purpose
Softsoap
Tide
Windex