Stand up against animal testing

Kennedy Ryan – Anchor contributor

In the United States, we are obsessed with our pets. We love taking our dogs for walks, putting hats on our cats and watching our little hamster run on his wheel. We place our pets on a pedestal, so why are we allowing over 115 million animals to be abused and tested every year?

Animal testing became a legal staple in the U.S. in 1938, when the United States Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act placed a law that certain cosmetic materials be tested. For Americans, the simple solution was to test these chemicals and materials on innocent animals. This can include testing for allergies on the skin, injection or even forcing animals to digest materials and potentially die. While other countries are creating laws that ban animal testing, the U.S. still uses cruel testing on bunnies, cats, dogs and other animals every day.

Not only should people be concerned about the wellness of these animals, but also the morals of these companies. For animal testing to be required, new or suspicious materials need to be tested. Companies are resorting to cheap, suspicious chemicals that are an easier solution for their products. In result, they are not only harming animals when testing, but also potentially harming consumers who purchase their goods.

Graphic courtesy of Queen Mob’s Teahouse

There are many common household brands that still actively test on animals. Johnson and Johnson, Proctor and Gamble, Garnier, Woolite and Mars are just some popular brands that still test on animals. While these brands are affordable and convenient, they use cruel ingredients that not only put animals at risk, but also consumers.

People can do their share to peacefully protest animal testing. All cruelty-free products have a symbol of a bunny to illustrate that they have not been tested on animals. As a protest, people can check the bottle on products when purchasing everyday items such as toothpaste, shampoo and body wash. There are many brands that provide alternatives to animal testing using safe, organic ingredients. Doing your part will not only protect your wellness, but also the wellness of the living things around you.