Animal Cruelty blog
Many cosmetic companies, hair care companies, cleaning companies, etc. continue to test on animals. Why do these companies test on animals? Most companies still test on animals, because cosmetics and medications can contain components and chemicals that can have bad side effects if a human uses them. In 1938 Congress passed the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, that began requiring animal safety testing of cosmetics and drugs. The reason Congress passed this act is because there were several negative incidents involving untested products.
In the 1930s over a dozen people went blind after using a popular mascara called Lash Lure. Lash Lure was made with a chemical component that could burn the skin if it came into contact with it. There was one woman who had burns so severe that she died, because of an infection caused by Lash Lure. Also, in 1937, more than a 100 people died after using a recently developed cough syrup called Elixir Sulfanilamide. The medicine had a chemical in it called in diethylene glycol, which is a very toxic product to humans. After both these incidents and a couple more, Congress thought it would be a good idea to mandate testing on animals, before humans were able to purchase products.
This day in age, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) looks over safety of drugs, cosmetics, foods, and even medical devices. There are also other federal agencies that demand safety test for products that can be used in someone’s home, the workplace, and also the environment. All of these agencies have begun working together with other industries to try and develop ways to get reliable drugs without testing animals or to minimize the amount of animals needed. As soon as new test are found as effective as testing on animals, government agencies can agree to replace animal tests.
We, as human beings, have become so advanced in areas like technology, medicine, etc. so why are we still testing products on animals? There are up to thirty-eight companies that still test their products on animals. I personally didn’t realize that there were so many companies that still test on animals. I understand that we have to test our products some way, what I don’t get is why it has to be on animals. I feel that, because we are so advanced, companies shouldn’t still be testing their products on animals.
9/18/2016 - Blog Post 3