Many products you find lying around the house have a dark legacy - they have been tested on animals. The truth is that companies resort to cruel and barbaric methods of testing on innocent creatures in order to make sure their products are ready for use by the public. Often, they are testing to see whether the ingredients or substances they used will harm people. Sometimes they find out that the products they've been developing are actually toxic, and they find out this fact by watching animals slowly become poisoned and eventually die. Is it really worth it? Why not just buy products that aren't tested on animals? That way, you're not participating in a market that uses torture.
There is a widely held-belief that people who torture animals are mentally unstable. Many psychopaths and serial killers tortured and abused animals as young children. In our society, when we see this in youth, we see it as a dangerous sign that they may grow up to exhibit psychopathic behavior. And yet testing on animals and exposing them to abuse and torture is seen as a normal business practice. In a similar kind of contradiction, many people claim to be animal lovers, and still consume meat. There is a serious disconnect here between people's actions and what they claim to believe is morally acceptable. The following items are just a few examples of products tested on animals. If you love animals, then please try to stop purchasing these items. It's the least you can do.
15 Post-It Notes
That's right, Post-It notes are actually tested on animals. For this product, it's all about the adhesive that goes on the back of the Post-It note. They test on animals to make sure that this adhesive material they use is safe. The company that makes Post-It notes, 3M, also makes Scotch tape and other items involving adhesive, and all are tested on animals. It may seem strange that such a simple product is tested on animals. After all, it's just a piece of paper that you can stick onto surfaces. However, the company is actually required by law to test the product, and in some cases they are required by law to test specifically on animals. This makes an important point, that sometimes it's not the actual company behind the product to blame, it's the government legislation in place that actively encourages animal testing.
Everyone's favorite petroleum jelly, Vaseline, is guilty of testing on animals. In fact, the entire line of skincare products sold under the name "Vaseline," including all of its creams and moisturizers, are also tested on animals. Animals who are used to test these products often suffer terrible skin reactions, and they have to make this sacrifice so that we humans can enjoy Vaseline's products without any fear of adverse effects. The company behind Vaseline, called Unilever, also makes Axe deodorant, Dove Soaps, and carries the Lipton brand. Many, if not all, of these products also utilize animal testing. Many people argue that the corporations behind these products have people's best interests at heart, and that "testing on animals is better than no testing at all." But why not just use ingredients that carry no risk of being toxic?
Windex is one of the most famous brands in the world, and almost everyone has a bottle of it in their home. It also grew famous after the release of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the main character's father uses the stuff for pretty much every problem you can think of. But you may think twice about buying it the next time you see it on the shelf, because this is yet another brand that is heavily involved in animal testing. The brand that carries Windex, SC Johnson, is also responsible for Glade and Pledge, all of which engages in animal testing. To make sure Windex is safe for humans, they actually apply the product to the eyes and skin of various animals. One report suggested that Windex was actually doing this to dogs, but SC Johnson vehemently denied this.
The next time you use a Band-Aid to heal your own injuries, think about how many animals had to suffer to create that product. Band-Aids are another company owned by SC Johnson, and like many of its products, they are also tested on animals. The way it works is that the government demands a certain amount of data from testing before a product is allowed to hit the shelves. For some big companies like SC Johnson, they use animals for testing because they can collect a lot more data, and sometimes more conclusive data. After all, an animal can be tested on in brutal conditions for days on end, whereas these companies obviously are not allowed to treat humans in the same way. SC Johnson has cut down its animal testing by 65% since 2000. However, they're still one of the main companies that engages in animal testing.
11 Trojan Condoms
As strange as it may sound, Trojan Condoms are actually tested on animals. This is another item pretty much everyone has laying around their house, and if you're sexually active you probably carry some around with you in your wallet, or stash some in your bedside table. There's no actual word on how Trojan tests their condoms, and we can only imagine the weird and creepy things scientists are doing to animals right now with condoms in the name of "scientific testing." Seriously, it hurts my brain to even think about it, and it's no wonder why Trojan keeps the exact testing process for their condoms a secret. If you've heard enough, and you want to switch over to a condom brand that doesn't engage in animal testing, then there are plenty of alternatives that can be found at most health food stores. One good brand is called "Glyde."
Babies are some of the most important parts of our lives, so it makes sense that the products we use on our babies are vigorously tested. But does it make sense for animals to suffer so that we can raise our kids with a clear mind? One such example of this is the diaper industry. The companies that produce diapers have long been known to test their products on animals. What this entails is various animals being forced to ingest the material that the diapers are made of. This is to test to see whether the animals have any allergic reactions. The material is also rubbed up against their skin, again to test for allergic reactions. Procter and Gamble, the company behind Pampers, claimed to have stopped animal testing a while back, but it was later revealed that they were in fact still testing on animals. Kimberly-Clark, owner of Huggies, also tests extensively on animals.
9 Contact Lenses
Almost everyone with deficient eyesight these days uses contact lenses, either as their main eyewear or as a back up to their glasses. This everyday product that's found in a lot of households is tested on animals extensively. This is partly because in the USA, contact lenses are classified as a medical device under the FDA. It's actually a mandate of the FDA that all medical devices be tested on animals. So this is another example of the government demanding that certain products be tested on animals, regardless of whether or not the companies making the contact lenses actually want to do this or not. Both the lenses and the saline solution are tested on animals by almost every single brand of contact lenses, because of the FDA's mandate. But thankfully, there are some brands out there that don't test on animals, such as the aptly named "Clear Conscience" brand.
8 Toilet Paper
Probably the one item on this list that everyone has in their home is toilet paper, and yes, this product is also heavily tested on animals. Almost every single brand of toilet paper in the world is guilty of this, including Bounty, Charmin, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Puffs, and Scott Tissue. Bleached or fragranced toilet paper is especially suspect when it comes to toilet paper, as that product will no doubt involve added chemicals and ingredients which then have to be tested on animals in order to ascertain their safety for use on humans. Instead, look for unbleached, recycled, and eco-friendly products, as these are usually made up of natural products that do not require animal testing. One great brand of toilet paper that is totally opposed to animal testing is Seventh Generation.
Both guys and ladies rely on razors to get rid of unwanted hair. It's pretty much guaranteed that you will find a couple of these in any normal household. But each of these razors are weighed down by a past of intense animal testing that causes much pain and discomfort for the unlucky creatures chosen to take part in these trials. Gillette, Schick, Braun, Bic, and pretty much every other major name brand of razor that you can think of all engage in animal testing, not to mention their shaving creams as well. These companies often publicly claim to have ceased all testing on animals, only for information to come out that proves that they are indeed still engaging in extensive animal testing. It's quite disturbing that for humans to look good and shave each morning, animals around the world have to suffer and in many cases die.
6 Furniture Polish
One product that almost everyone has tucked away in their cleaning cupboard is furniture polish. But did you know that this too is heavily tested on animals? That's right, even cleaning agents which are not even meant to be ingested or worn are tested on animals. These tests are some of the most horrific out there. They involve spraying the agent on the face and skin of various animals, as well as physically rubbing it in. This is, of course, a way to test if the product is an irritant. Even furniture polish products claiming to be green test on animals. Remember, even if the actual finished product itself wasn't tested on animals, the individual ingredients that make up the product could very well have been tested on animals in the past. This is perhaps one of the least logical reasons for testing on animals, I mean it's not like people are purposely spraying the stuff into their eyes. They should know that if they get it in their eyes, it's not good.
Definitely one of the products that experiences the most extensive animal testing is shampoo. While it may sound like a relatively nice process to have shampoo tested on an animal's fur, this couldn't be further from the reality. You know when you get shampoo in your eye? Imagine getting shampoo forcibly squirted in your eyes for days on end. That's only a small portion of what happens when companies test their shampoos on animals. They have to do this because most big name shampoo brands use chemicals that are unnatural, and since they were recently created in labs, testing must be done to make sure they're not actually dangerous. So the next time you shampoo your hair using one of the big name brands, imagine the amount of pain and suffering animals had to go through to bring you that bottle of shampoo.
We're all familiar with the charming Febreze commercials, and again this is something that most people have laying around in their home. But one thing Febreze definitely does not use to sell its product is the fact that it has a long history of testing on animals. These tests involve pretty much exactly what you would expect from a product like Febreze: spraying the product directly at the animal, in their eyes and on their skin. Another element of this is that the animals are placed into tight constraints so they cannot struggle against the lab technicians applying the product. The official statement from Procter & Gamble when confronted with their history of animal testing reads: "Sometimes, to ensure that materials are safe and effective, we must conduct research that involves animals."
3 Old Spice
Another product that has a very active advertising campaign is Red Spice. This product is famous for all those incredibly random commercials that people love so much. But something about Old Spice that you might not love so much is the fact that Old Spice tests extensively on animals. This is because of the nature of this product, and the fact that this deodorant was designed to be applied directly to the skin of humans. So in order to test the product, the animals must be shaved and then the product is applied directly to their skin. Animals used for these tests include rats, mice, hamsters, and guinea pigs. It is truly a disgusting practice and it needs to stop. There are plenty of natural, cruelty-free alternative to Old Spice that can be used.
2 Coppertone Sunscreen
Coppertone sunscreen is another item that most people have lying around the house, especially if you live in a hot part of the world, or if it's the sunny season. This brand of sunscreen is owned by Schering-Plough, and according to their website, they do test on animals. However, they do back that up by saying they only test on animals when all other options have been exhausted, and testing on animals is the only way to obtain reliable data. Still, it's hardly an excuse and it needs to stop. Along with Coppertone, there are many other brands of sunscreen that also rely on animal testing to gather data. There has actually been a lot of talk lately about using cultured human skin cells instead of animals to test things like sunscreen, and it has even shown to provide more accurate results.
The final item on our list which is stowed away in bathroom cabinets across the world is Listerine. Listerine is yet another product of Johnson & Johnson, and as we have shown you through past examples, pretty much all of this company's products undergo some form of animal testing. With a product like Listerine, you can imagine the tests involve forcing animals to ingest the mouthwash and also forcibly getting it in the animal's eyes. There are so many reasons that companies should use alternatives to animal testing. For one thing, it's cheaper! This is something that should motivate even the most cold-hearted CEOs. Think of all the food and money that goes into keeping these animals alive so they can be tested on. Alternatives include in-vitro testing, computerized trials, genetic testing, micro-dosing, and cultured human tissue.
Sources: businessinsurance.org, peta.org, care2.com
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