Crude, painful and unscientific experiments continue to be performed on many animals all over the world. Despite assurances that the Government is working to decrease the amount of animal experiments, little has changed for many years. On average around 300,000 animals per year are used in experimentation, testing and teaching in New Zealand. Companies who are doing the animal testing are all big brand names like L’Oreal, Avon, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Revlon, MAC and Maybelline, along with Dove, Neutrogena, Pantene, Olay and Head and Shoulders.

The main reasons that companies continue to test that there is a massive desire to produce new eye catching cosmetics for advertising purposes. Another reason is that there is an ambition to increase profit by breaking into newer cosmetics markets, such as China, which may require new animal testing by law. In 2014 China’s ban on animal testing for locally manufactured products began. Unfortunately it did not include products imported into China. My main goal is to raise the awareness of animal testing globally and put an end to the cruelty. Animals are put into laboratories and are suffering due to product testing. Animal testing causes animal’s great harm, significant pain and distress, and often death. My Goal is to put a ban on the sale of cosmetics newly tested on animals or containing newly animal-tested ingredients.

My campaign is important as Animal testing has been forgotten about by the media to a certain extent and it is very easy to forget about it and presume it's not happening anymore. The ban of animal testing will help to keep the animals from becoming endangered as many animals do die from animal testing. The vast majority of Australians (85%) fight animal testing on cosmetics, and support banning the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics. Animal testing bans can spur research and development of 21st century testing methods, potentially generating economic growth. Human biology-based non-animal testing methods can provide faster, cheaper, and more relevant results for consumer protection - there is a compelling consumer safety benefit in moving away from animal testing.

Animal testing is a cruel and unnecessary issue. Many companies which are against animal testing still continue to manufacture new, safe and beautiful beauty products by using raw ingredients. Several cosmetic tests commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs include: skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year. According to the Humane Society, registration of a single pesticide requires more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals.

A change is needed in animal testing, as it is cruel and horrible thing that is happening all over the world today. My three reasons why animal testing should be banned all over the world are that non-animal tests are more cost-effective, practical, and expedient, Cruelty-free products are more environmentally friendly, and lastly that Alternative scientific tests are often more reliable than animal tests. A key reason animal testing should not be allowed in todays society is that non-animal tests are more cost-effective, practical, and ecpedient. This means that stopping animal testing will decrease the amount of money spent to test products and the amount of animals harmed in the process, Synthetic skin can provide a chemical corrosivity determination in as little as 3 minutes to four hours, unlike animal testing that often takes up to two to four weeks for results. DakDak, an alternative test used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens, was reported to be completed in only a few days compared to animal studies which can take months to do, and estimates that it can test five or six products for less than half the cost to study a single product in animals. The traditional testing of chemicals using animals can take up to five years per substance and cost millions of dollars, while non-animal alternatives can test hundreds of chemicals in a week for a fraction of the cost.

Another key reason why animal testing needs to be banned is that cruelty-free products and testings are more environmentally friendly. In toxicity testing, researchers breed, test, and ultimately dispose of millions of animals as pathogenic or hazardous waste. Most facilities that participate in animal testing not only dispose of animals, but they also dispose of potentially unsafe chemicals, food waste, and a variety of different supplies, which are used during the testing process. Additionally, animal testing also severely impacts our water and air quality. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), waste from their animal testing facilities totaled at 1.5 million pounds from 2011 to 2013. In another case, a major pharmaceutical lab was responsible for producing almost 15 tons of animal waste in just one year. Many of the animals do not survive the animal testing process and are subsequently disposed of in great numbers. This results in environmental exposure to toxic chemicals, diseases, and many other risks. In other words, the disposal process poses potentially dangerous exposure to biohazards, including radioactive materials. Overall cruelty-free testing is going to be less harmful to the environment and can create less waste.

Lastly Alternative scientific tests are often more reliable than animal tests. This means that tests which are performed on animals don’t always contain all critical information or aren’t necessarily reliable for humans. For example, experiments on animals revealed no link whatsoever between glass fibers and cancer. Only after human studies related the two did the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) label these fibers as carcinogenic. EpiDerm, an in vitro test derived from cultured human skin cells, was found to be more accurate in identifying chemical skin irritants than traditional animal tests. In comparison studies, EpiDerm correctly detected all of the test chemicals that irritate human skin, while tests on rabbits misclassified 10 out of 25 test chemicals—a full 40% error rate.

To help put a ban on animal testing we must change where we shop, We need to make sure you only buy products from companies that don’t do any testing on animals to show that you don’t support what they do in the development of their products. Educating others of the issue is another big change we can make as a big number of people have no idea that animal testing still occurs. We need to change the way industry meets requirements to show drug and product safety for humans thus sparing tens of millions of animals from horrific testing and even death.

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