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Animal testing should be banned: here’s why


“No animal testing” graphic.


The vast majority of individuals may not realize the amount of testing their products have gone through to ensure their safety before they reach the shelves of drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens. Well, it’s a long journey. For many years, animal testing has been a widely controversial topic. While some say animal testing is necessary to make new discoveries in medicine and move scientific research forward, others may strongly oppose this theory.

The organization named People For Ethical Treatment of Animals is one of the largest non-profit animal organizations that stands up against animal abuse. In the United States, nearly one million animals are kept confined in cruelty-testing laboratories, being used for innumerable experiments. Animals have a right to their lives just as we do. Each year, millions of animals die from testing. We need to make a change. We should consider that many of the diseases that occur in humans differ from those in animals. Therefore, it’s unnecessary to be running clinical trials on animals when most of the treatments haven’t been proven to be successful on humans. Numerous experiments by researchers have been highly ineffective and caused harm to animals. We should work towards educating people on the harmful effects of animal testing. I would encourage you to raise awareness of animal testing by initiating conversations through classroom discussions and academic research papers. 

We do not own animals. Nor do we have their consent to test products on them. Animals are subject to feeling pain, just as humans do. Keep in mind, they have feelings. Therefore, we do not have the right to use harmful chemicals and conduct countless tests on them. If there is doubt on whether or not a product is safe, rather than testing it on animals and risking putting their lives in danger, companies should use natural ingredients. I would encourage you to purchase cruelty-free makeup brands including Wet n’ Wild, Bare Minerals, and NYX Cosmetics. Alternatively, there are also vegan beauty brands such as Milk Makeup and Jeffree Star Cosmetics which do not contain animal by-products or ingredients. They do not test their products on animals and are dedicated to creating a change within our society. We should not be using harmful chemicals on animals. Personally, I use cruelty-free cosmetic products and look for the cruelty-free bunny logo while purchasing nail polish. In fact, my eyeshadow palettes are from Anastasia Beverly Hills, a cruelty-free brand that does not test its products on animals, nor sells its products in countries that require animal testing. Numerous states in the U.S. including Illinois, California, and Nevada have banned the imports and exports of animal-tested beauty products in 2020. Did you know the European Union banned animal testing on cosmetic products in 2013? Each day, millions of animals including bunnies, rats, mice, and hamsters go through the torture of lipstick trials and blush brushes rubbing against their fur. 

Put yourself in the place of those innocent animals. Would you appreciate it if someone kept you in a cage and conducted experiments on you? Let me take a guess. The answer would be absolutely not. Then why are we doing this to animals? Animal testing violates the rights of animals by causing them to suffer without reason. It’s simply unethical. We should respect the rights of animals and treat them with compassion rather than cruelty. Will you join the battle against animal testing to help make a change? 

  1. https://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/

  2. https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animals-used-experimentation-factsheets/animal-experiments-overview/

  3. https://apnews.com/article/9e4646edcb4cb7f67aac73234dee6818

  4. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/cosmetics-testing-faq 

  5. https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/brands/anastasia-beverly-hills/

About the Contributor
Aanchal Kumar, Opinions Writer