Artificial Corneas Can Save Animals’ Eyes


Animals are unsuitable for research purposes not only because of the inhumane treatment they endure, but also because of the many physiological differences compared to humans.

Animals have been found unsuitable for research purposes because of their many physiological differences compared to humans.

Paws Up!
To Japanese researchers for seeing an end to using animals in cosmetic testing.

Testing cosmetic products on animals, most often rabbits, has run into roadblocks in both the European Union and India. And now, maybe a permanent roadblock has been created in a laboratory in Japan.

According to a news story, a senior researcher at the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Toshiaki Takezawa, said that “apart from the cruelty involved, animal testing is unsustainable in the long-term because of the physiological differences between animals and humans. He says his research could be applied to simulate cells in any part of the human body, from the skin to internal organs, leaving animals out of the process entirely.”

The eye irritancy test, also known as the Draize test, involves placing liquid chemicals directly into the eye of an animal to determine if the substance will irritate or damage a human eye. It’s time we realize that laboratory animals are not human beings and that tests done on them do not translate into safer products for humans. Learn more about animals in the laboratory.

Take Action: Write a note to the lead scientist thanking him and his colleagues for working on better ways to test products without involving animals. Additionally, shop for cruelty-free products so that you know, on a personal level, you are not contributing to animal abuse.

Toshiaki Takezawa, Senior Researcher
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
2-1-2 Kannondai
Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8602

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