If you wear makeup; use shampoo, conditioner, hair gel/spray; or dab a bit of fragrance behind each ear, you may be contributing to animal abuse. Many cosmetic and personal care companies use animals to test the toxicity of their products, to test the irritation level of their products, and to test allergic reactions to their products; but few cats, rats, or rabbits wear their makeup or wash their fur with their shampoo. Certainly none wear any but their own fragrance. So why are these companies forcing animals to have compounds put into their eyes (Draize test); dripped onto their raw, shaved skin (skin irritancy test); or ingested (oral toxicity test)?
We consumers must let companies know we will not tolerate their abusing animals just so we can look pretty. We consumers must let companies know we will not purchase their products as long as they are indifferent to animal suffering.
We also need to let those companies that do not test their products on animals know that we support their efforts, not just by word but by deed. Our purchasing power can change the fate of many animals. Because, when you think about it…no one should suffer for anyone’s beauty, least of all the animals.