Effects Of Animal Testing On Cosmetics

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Vanessa Lajara Mr. Kirchenburg English 11R March 26, 2018 Animal Testing on Cosmetics and its Effects For many years, cosmetics have been introduced to society as products used to enhance or alter the appearance of the body, specifically facial features. Cosmetics are generally mixtures of chemical compounds; some being developed from natural origins, and some being synthetics. It is known that some cosmetic companies test and experiment on animals to see if these products are eligible and safe for humans. Although it can be beneficial for cosmetic users, the testing of these products bring negative impacts upon society, specifically economically and in the environment. Animal testing has become a routine process in…show more content…
Activists have pushed to rid cosmetics companies of ani­mal testing. While there are several companies that do not use animals in their testing, there are even more companies that do and continue to push against reform. The practice of animal testing has not only been on cosmetics, but also for medicine and other industries. Relying on animal testing to protect and improve human health is not only unsafe, but also expensive. Animal research is a multi-billion dollar industry that has high stakes (NAVS). This is one of the major reasons why the use of animals not only continues, but also is defended. Investment in the handling of animals for labs is a high profit making enterprise for animal importers, breeders, dealers, cage and drug companies. The standard for testing a chemical to determine if it is toxic takes up to five years from planning to evaluation and review, at a cost of up to more than $4 million per substance…show more content…
There are also large amounts of air pollution, water pollution and soil contamination. The air pollution is caused from the smoke created by the burning of fossil fuel to power the animal research facilities, which makes the air toxic. Animal research involves the production and discarding of materials and supplies like food, chemicals, bedding, unused or expired medications and drugs, and other equipment (NEAVS). Animal use in research and testing contributes to air and water pollution; biodiversity and public health concerns; and the release of wastes, including hazardous, chemical, pathogenic, and pharmaceutical wastes, into the environment
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