What You Can Do To Stop Animal Testing

The Physicians Committee
Animal Testing and Alternatives

What You Can Do To Stop Animal Testing

When it comes to improving the safety of household products and cosmetics, it’s not all up to the industry and regulators. There are several ways you can take part in the effort to end animal testing and encourage the transition to more effective, reliable alternatives:

Share our animal testing video and web site

Share our animal testing video and website. One of the most important steps we can all take to speed up the transition to safer, more humane science is spreading awareness and information.

Please share Tail of Toxics and this website on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. If you have a blog, please share our video there, too. Also consider holding a screening at your workplace or school, and offer our animal experimentation resources to attendees.

Contact chemical laboratories and tell them to stop testing on animals


Tell these five laboratories to stop testing on animals. These laboratories exist solely to test chemicals on animals for various companies. These tests almost always cause severe pain and distress, and the animals are always killed at the end of the experiments. Please contact your regional laboratories and encourage them to move away from animal experiments and adopt exclusively human-relevant methods.

Make your own nonanimal tested household products

Make your own nonanimal tested household products. The internet is full of do-it-yourself cosmetic and cleaner recipes. Many common household items can double as cleaners, lotions – even shampoo.

You’ve heard of baking soda and vinegar to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces, but did you know that grapefruit and salt make an excellent bathtub scrub, or that coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer?

Google “DIY cleaners” or “DIY cosmetics” and you’ll find tons of websites offering natural alternatives to animal-tested products. They’ll be easier on your health, your wallet, animals, and the earth. Be sure to check out the Physicians Committee staff animal product alternatives page for ideas.

Write a letter to your favorite environmental group and make sure they don't support animal testing

Write to your favorite environmental groups and ask them not to support animal testing. Post the animation on their Facebook pages, Tweet at them, and share the video with those you know in the environmental community. Help us get the word out that nonanimal testing methods offer the best hope for a safe and healthy planet.


Know where your products come from

Know where your products come from. It can be difficult to navigate grocery and pharmacy aisles when searching for products that were not tested on animals. You may find listings of cruelty-free companies online.

The majority of personal care and household items on store shelves today were tested on animals. However, natural food stores offer a wide selection of cruelty-free products, and plenty of options can be found online.

Search for the words “not tested on animals” on a product’s label, and check company websites. If you’re unsure, contact the company directly to ask. You’d be surprised how responsive most are, and your inquiry could inspire a switch to alternatives!

Stay in touch with PCRM

Sign up for chemical testing email updates to receive the latest information about the Physicians Committee’s work to reform toxicity testing.

We’ll keep you in the loop on our challenges and achievements, and reach out to you with opportunities to take action. Like the Physicians Committee on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all our work.

A lesser-known way to support the replacement of animals in experimentation is through posthumous body donation. Here, we feature two charities dedicated to providing valuable human bodies, organs, and tissues to medical researchers and students.

Since its inception in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been working diligently to replace the use of animals with more reliable, humane alternatives.

We work directly with regulators and industry scientists to teach them how to switch. Please donate today to contribute to this lifesaving work, and consider becoming a monthly donor to help sustain our efforts.