Animal testing for cosmetics: Is the end in sight?

The European Union banned animal testing for cosmetics and the import of animal-tested cosmetics in 2013. An Australian Senator, Lee Rhiannon, seeks to introduce an identical ban in Australia.

The Australian cosmetics industry argues that a ban is unnecessary, as animal testing of cosmetics has not occurred in Australia in recent years.

My latest article for The Scavenger explores the issue of animal testing of cosmetics in Australia, and provides a global overview.


‘Unimaginable pain and suffering is endured by half a million mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits for the global beauty industry each year. Their tiny bodies are poisoned and burned; they endure blindness and mutilation.

Rabbits are subjected to eye and skin irritation tests, in which chemicals are dripped into eyes and rubbed onto exposed and abraded skin.

Guinea pigs, a popular companion animal of young children, endure skin allergy testing.

Rodents are subjected to “acute oral toxicity” tests, where a substance is forced down his or her throat, and directly into their stomach, via a syringe.

“Lethal dose” tests are conducted by forcing the animal to swallow large amounts of a test chemical. As the name suggests, this test determines the dose that causes death.

Animals in laboratories are wholly at the mercy of the humans who use their bodies as testing implements. Rodents, rabbits and guinea pigs – small animals who are gentle and docile (the very characteristics that make them popular children’s companions) – are completely defenceless.

Once their ‘usefulness’ as laboratory tools has ceased, they are killed by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation (without anaesthesia).’

To continue reading, click here.


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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

4 Responses to Animal testing for cosmetics: Is the end in sight?

  1. carmen says:

    There’s no justification for testing on animals, inflicting pain on them and keeping them in deplorable contitions. You wouldn’t do it to your pet, then why on other helpless animals?

    If anyone is interested in reading more about the bad science of animal testing, please check this out …

    I hope we think again if we allow this cruelty to go on.

    Thank you!!
    <3 carmen

  2. Animal testing is such a monstrosity! It makes me sick to even think about honestly. I agree with the comment above…so many love and dote on their dogs/cats, but when it comes to factory farming or animal testing just turn a blind eye!

    • Ally says:

      Yes, it is heartbreaking that most people (indeed, our society) turn a blind eye to the suffering of the billions of animals in labs and factory farms, worldwide.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Ally :)

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