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How Much Does Animal Testing Matter to You?

I love animals and have been a vegetarian for 12 years, but I admit that my medicine cabinet probably has some products that have been tested on bunnies, rats, dogs and guinea pigs. This has inspired me to do a little more research, which I'll share with you soon. For now, though, I want to know where you stand on the issue.


biarose biarose 8 years
I wish they'd just show some absolutely shocking ads in prime time TV. They'd never allow it, but part of the problem is that it's just so hidden! People know about it, but they don't really understand how bad it is. People need to see the horror in action to actually be affected to make a change.
biarose biarose 8 years
Karla Sugar- So you don't mind them putting concealer in animals eyes then?
biarose biarose 8 years
vanilla19 said 'I don't agree with animal testing, but not buying a product that has been tested on animals won't stop it from happening.' Sure, if everyone has that attitude! But if people stop supporting companies that use animal testing then they will be forced to stop as they won't be making a profit!
biarose biarose 8 years
It annoys me when people say better to test on animals than humans, because we are talking about cosmetics here.. they are not a necessity. Not to mention the fact that their are actually a lot of good quality brands who use no animal testing whatsoever. If they can do it, why can't other brands? I think if people were forced to actually sit there and watch an animal being tortured.. which is really what most tests are.. they would feel very different.
aliciamc179 aliciamc179 8 years
First of all, you people are ignorant, get off your lazy a**es and do some research. There are many lists online of companys that DO and DO NOT test on animals, so stop playing the "I don't know" card. Second, not testing on animals does NOT mean they test on humans. There are highly accurate methods of laboratory testing with products on neither animals or humans that MANY other successful and well recognized companies use. I have no sympathy for stupidity. Ignorance is bliss isn't it?? Go watch some animal testing videos and then tell me if you wanna be lazy and turn your cheek to it.
phree2b phree2b 9 years
I try to be aware. Proctor and Gamble are one of the Biggest Animal Testers on many popular products for home and self. Read Everything People! I don't have alot of money but I care where what I do have goes!
MamaD MamaD 10 years
It's barbaric and cruel and I don't buy those products!
vanilla19 vanilla19 10 years
I don't agree with animal testing, but not buying a product that has been tested on animals won't stop it from happening.
Alannah Alannah 10 years
This is obviously a touchy subject, so I think it's easy to be judgemental because the feelings are strong on both sides. I personally won't buy products I know are tested on animals, but I'm also a vegetarian so that goes hand in hand.
red4ev red4ev 10 years
i'm totally against cosmetics and other superficial products being tested on animals, but since i've watched my grandmother go through chemo and radiation twice from breast cancer and then ovarian cancer, and my friend's dad die of a cancerous brain stem tumor at 45, and my bff's 16 yr old son get a tumor removed from his brain i'm totally not against testing medicines that could possibly save people's lives on animals...i seriously believe that cancer is going to be cured by some genius making a stupid medical mistake on a lab rat
beam4888 beam4888 10 years
it is really hard and tedious to do the research, but i guess its worth it in the end, i would never want to support harming animals
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
I think there is okay and not-okay animal testing. I think drugs should be tested on animals before they're sold to humans as medicine. I also need to know that if I get my concealer in my eye, I won't go blind.
fadeastride fadeastride 10 years
I don't mind animal testing for medical treatments so much. But testing cosmetics on animals is horrid. There is no reason whatsoever to subject a creature who cannot give consent to any sort of testing that does nothing but increase human vanity. If it's going to save lives, then perhaps. But if it's just to get rid of wrinkles, then absolutely not.
krob krob 10 years
Some animal testing is necessary but so much is not. If you have EVER watched any kind of documentary on animal testing then I am sure you feel the same way. I have watched a documentary where people find stray dogs and take them and sell them to a middle man who in turn, sells them to companies that test on animals. It was truly desturbing and made me pay so much more attention to the brands I buy. I really try and only buy products that are NOT tested on animals. I really cannot understand as to why cosmetics and beauty products need to be tested on animals. I would much rather break out from something than to have it tested on an animal.
esk4 esk4 10 years
as a chemical engineering student, I do have to say knowing what a new drug, or product will do is more than just being able to analyze the chemical make-up, and its not always as simple as putting it on your hand. you can't determine long term effects of a product just by looking at the chemical make-up, and while animal testing may not give us all the answers it DOES give us enough to make it something that we still deem necessary. and also for those of you so vehemently against animal testing: will you be reporting to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies to volunteer to have things tested on you?
julieulie julieulie 10 years
I make a very clear and distinct line between testing for COSMETICS and testing for MEDICINE. Stuffing mascara in the eyes of rabbits does nothing to improve society or human lives, whereas testing drugs can. I am an oncology researcher, and I run animal studies on new drugs we are creating to SAVE HUMAN LIVES. Just a question for all you people who are so against animal testing in all aspects -- ever taken an Advil when you have a headache? Just reminding you not to be hypocritical. I agree with not testing cosmetics, but don't stand on your soapbox and rant that ALL animal testing is horrible if you have ever taken a single pill of any sort for any illness.
Lovecat Lovecat 10 years
Animal testing is NOT OK! You can't just take away an animals rights, and subjexct them to cruelty. In human testing, the patient AGREES to testing, and are being payed for it! An animal cannot agree to be tested on, therefore should be left alone!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
The second choice is exactly where I stand on it. The words were taken out of my mouth. But then again I do worry about safety in using the products, so I'm kind of torn. Ideally I would like products to be be cruelty-free with no animal testing, but I appreciate some security in knowing that the products are O.K. to use without taking such measures.
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 10 years
We all have some sense, right? We look at things, we smell things, we poke them with our fingers, and we make judgements. "Hm, bleach. It ate the inside of my nose. Maybe I won't drink that." "Milk. I poked it, and it didn't eat my finger. Maybe it will be good to drink." Scientists have the added advantage of being able to analyze things chemically. If a scientist, with average common sense, and the vast array of scientific analytical tools at his disposal, is uncomfortable dabbing a chemical on the back of his hand to see if it eats his flesh, then, rather than test it on an innocent bunny, I'd rather just not use that product at all. We're talking about make-up here, right (and associated beauty products)? Which in the grand scheme of things is not that important? And more natural compounds are supposed to be better for our skin anyway. Save the bunnies. Use common sense.
bb2177 bb2177 10 years
it's very easy to stand on a soapbox and yell that animal testing is wrong, and call people such as myself who prefer animal testing to no testing at all, immoral. I think we can ALL agree that if there was an equal alternative to animal testing, it would be widely used. While animal testing does not ASSURE safety, it can give researchers some idea if what you're putting on/in your body will be harmful. If anyone can honestly give me an example of a realistic alternative to animal testing, I would gladly change my views. But as the debate stands now, those who are against animal testing are ignoring the NECESSITY of some sort of testing to see whether products are harmful or not. I respect the goals of PETA and similar organizations, but I think sometimes they go too far. Family friends of mine had death threats taken out on them because one of them was doing a hypertension study on dogs that were going to be put down at the animal shelter. Whether animal testing is right or wrong is apparently debateable, but the value of a human over an animal is not. To sacrifice the safety (or threaten to take the life) of a human being for that of an animal, is nothing short of lunacy.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
I don't buy products that were tested on animals but sometimes you just do not know.
SweetE SweetE 10 years
I try to stay away from any form of product tested on animals...and someone made a good point. It is not just the end product that is the issue, but all the ingredients used to make the product. This should have you worried, not just out of concern for animals (which is huge for some people) but out of concern for what you are putting on your face and body. The FDA doesn't regulate the beauty industry well... Companies are also protected so that they can keep their "trade secrects" meaning many ingredients in these products aren't even listed on the packaging. More troublesome, is that just about any chemical can be used in a product and simply listed as "fragrance". There was a study done of over 15,000 personal care products that found that 95% of the known "fragrance" chemicals are known carcinogens or neurotoxic chemicals. My bet is that this is partially why they are testing on the work of Dr. Anne Steinemann if you want to read more on it. Also, LUSH released a big report about not testing on animals, that is pretty interesting. A link is below:
pandamonkey22 pandamonkey22 10 years
i don't agree with animal testing but i don't look and see if products are animal tested.
carolbob carolbob 10 years
Wow, thanks for that long list. It's nice to be informed since I'm very against animal testing. I think that people should volunteer to be tested on--within reason, while handsomly compensated. Maybe. I don't know.
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