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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Animal Testing...

I was browsing through twitter today I noticed that MUA cosmetics had retweeted something by a follower stating that they are glad they've discovered them as they recently found that MAC tests on animals....

WHAT?!? MAC tests on animals??!? I had to research this and check it out, all the Yahoo answers and forums suggest that no, MAC do not test on animals, but these are from a either a few months ago or quite a few years ago. So I went to the PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) website as they publish and regularly update a list of who does and who doesn't test on animals. 

Companies who DON'T

Companies who DO

I'm extremely shocked by the amount of companies that do, although there are far far more companies that don't. I also had no idea that it is a LAW to test certain pharmaceuticals and chemicals on animals. 

I feel quite ashamed about not knowing this information and now that I do I'm slightly confused on how to proceed. I do think animal testing for frivolous reasons is wrong, but if the chemicals and things in certain cosmetics are needed to be properly tested by law and apparently animals are the only way to do it...leaves me...extremely conflicted. Some might say we should just then produce entirely vegan cosmetics that contain nothing too harsh. Or pay humans to be tested on. I prefer the second option, it may cost companies a lot more but at least people KNOW what they are putting themselves in for and understand the risks, although I'm sure it's probably not ethical on some level. 

I am slightly confused though....Estee Lauder (who own MAC and various other big beauty names) have said on their FAQ page that they do not test on animals see here, however they are on the list of companies that do. This is probably due to the fact that certain chemicals they use are required by law to be tested on animals. So they can't be 100% cruelty free. Which isn't their fault entirely...


It's all a little confusing to be honest. 

What are your views on animal testing and what do you make of this information I've found?

Toodle Pips!!



1 comment:

  1. Hey Hun

    Thanks for such an informative post. I think it's all quite confusing and companies can seem to put out conflicting information. I would prefer to buy products not tested on animals but have to be realistic and I probably have things that have been tested on animals, looking at the peta list, I do wish they didn't have to test on them at all and I think companies should be a bit more forward coming and admit to testing if that's what they're doing, not skirting around the issue by paying an outside company to do it for them.

    Thanks for the post xxx