How to Help Animals Used for Testing
From the toothpaste and shampoo that we use to the products that we clean our homes with, our lives are full of daily opportunities to take a stand against cruel tests on animals. We can save animals from painful experiments by purchasing some of the cruelty-free products that are available in stores everywhere.
Many people are surprised to learn that some cosmetics, personal-care products, foods and beverages, and household cleaning products are still tested on animals. Although modern, alternative testing methods exist, huge multiproduct manufacturers, including Unilever, Clorox, Church & Dwight, and Johnson & Johnson, continue to poison and harm animals in tests that aren’t even required by law.
Rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other animals are forced to swallow or inhale massive quantities of a test substance or endure the pain of having caustic chemicals applied to their sensitive eyes and skin––even though the results of animal tests are often unreliable or not applicable to humans. Ninety-two percent of all drugs that are tested on animals fail once they reach human trials—meaning that tests on animals are ineffective at showing whether or not a drug would be safe for humans. And even if a product has blinded an animal, it can still be marketed to you.
Luckily, the non-animal tests available today are cheaper, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions to a product than archaic animal tests ever were. More and more companies are switching to non-animal tests as consumer support for cruelty-free products grows.
Every single day, you can make a difference for animals who are suffering in laboratories. The best way to stop companies from using animals is to refuse to purchase their products and to write and tell them that you won’t support them until they stop testing on animals.
Take a stand against animal testing by supporting only cruelty-free companies. Compassionate people can speak out for animals in laboratories in letters to the editor and by joining PETA’s Action Team.
So the next time you’re out shopping, be sure to look for the cruelty-free bunny logo. You can also find out which of your favorite products are cruelty-free by ordering our free Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide and searching our online database of companies [link to database] that do and that don’t test on animals.