Every year, tens of thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats are killed to test cosmetics in the United States alone. The experiments—developed in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s—usually involve applying chemicals or products to animals’ shaved skin or eyes. But it’s difficult to interpret what animal test results mean for humans, because each species reacts differently to various substances.
There are many cheaper and faster alternative methods that produce more accurate information. Examples include artificial human skin and robotic technology that can screen thousands of chemicals at once using cells grown in the lab.
Learn more about worldwide efforts to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing:
- California legislation introduced by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani seeks to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in California.
- Cosmetics Regulation Reform in the United States: Efforts led by Sen. Diane Feinstein at the federal level have serious flaws.
- International Cosmetics Regulation Reform: Cosmetics regulation reform has gained traction in the international community. The European Union, India, New Zealand, and Israel have banned the sale and import of animal-tested cosmetics. However, China and Brazil require that cosmetics be tested on animals.
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