Help End Animal Testing!
Buy from Cruelty-Free Companies Only!
Look for the Rabbit Label on products that are not tested on animals. Hundreds of great companies make products without animals testing. These companies include:
American Safety Razor (Personna, Flicker)
Revlon & Almay
Lady Mitchum & Mitchum
Tom’s of Maine
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Bon Ami/Faultless Starch
Kiss My Face
Product Animal Testing Is Animal Cruelty
Animal testing uses animals to determine the toxicity of the chemicals in the products that we use in our homes. Companies poison, burn, and blind hundred of thousands of animals every year to unnecessarily test soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, oven cleaners and more. Would you want the household products you buy put into your pets’ eyes? Every day, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, dogs, monkeys and other animals are used in cruel, horrific tests.
Animal Testing Is Unnecessary & Unsafe
Animal testing doesn’t make products safe. For example, according to animal tests, cigarette smoke, asbestos, arsenic, benzene, and glass fibers were all found to be safe to ingest. Many household products, all tested on animals, are unsafe for us and our environment. And inaccuracies in cancer-causing tests occur up to 70% of the time. Animal testing only provides a legal defense for companies whose products could still harm humans. Test results are used to win lawsuits, not protect people. Some of these tests are over 50 years old and have never been required to be scientifically validated.
What Kinds of Tests Are Performed on Animals?
Eye Irritancy Testing (Draize)
This test forces chemicals into the eyes of fully conscious, restrained rabbits. Anesthetics are not required to be used. The extreme pain often causes them to struggle so severely that they break their own backs, dying in agony.
Skin Irritancy Testing
This test places corrosive chemicals onto the shaved/raw skin of rabbits and guinea pigs. The caustic nature of these substances causes severe injuries to the animals. Gaping wounds and bleeding are common.
Oral Toxicity Testing (LD50)
This test force-feeds chemicals to fully conscious animals for 14-28 days till death. In 1983, David Rall, Director of the National Toxicity Program, called this test “an anachronism” and said, “I do not think this test provides much useful information about the health hazards to humans.”
Good Alternatives Exist!
Modern technology has given us many methods of assessing the toxicity or irritancy of a chemical without relying on animal tests. Alternatives have been proven to be up to 75% more effective than animal tests in measuring effects in humans. We can easily stop hurting animals and make household products safely!
Alternatives to animals include use of cell cultures, corneal and skin tissue cultures, corneas from eye banks, and sophisticated computer and mathematical models, and these specific tests: Eytex, Skintex, EpiPack, Neutral Red Bioassay, Testskin, TOPKAT, Ames Test, Corrositix, Agarose Diffusion Method.
Please Contact the Companies that Animal Test!
Animal tests are not required by law for most household products, but some companies still use them. Despite all the technological advances, these companies refuse to change. Please boycott their products and let these biggest abusers know why by contacting them.
Please also mention in communications with the companies that if the company is contracting out the animal testing that does not exempt them from responsibility.
Procter & Gamble:
One Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Contact Procter & Gamble
40 W. 57th St., 23rd Fl.
New York, NY 10019
300 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022
800 Sylvan Ave
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Contact Lever Brothers
575 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10017
The Clorox Company
Oakland, CA 94612
Please Contact the Government!
The EPA and FDA require animal tests for pesticides, fertilizers, “antibacterial” or “germ killing” cleaners (EPA), and drugs, food additives and preservatives (FDA). (However, reactions to drugs, all animal-tested, kill 100,000 Americans per year, ranking drug reactions in the top 5 causes of death.) Please contact these agencies to ask that they eliminate animal testing and fund and develop non-animal tests.
Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator
U.S.Environmental Protection Agency
Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD Acting Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration