“Israel Bans Animal-Tested Cosmetics. Why Can’t We Do the Same?”

innocent animals suffer at the hands of cosmetic companiesI received a copy of a blog written by Alicia Graef this week that prompted me to digress from my subject of senior dogs and cats…the above was the title of her blog, and it’s a great question.

I remember the very first time I was made aware of animal testing for cosmetics.  There was a page in our TV Guide decades ago telling how cosmetic testing was done on rabbits.  This was decades ago, and I don’t understand the delay in doing the right thing.

Let’s say you don’t care about the animal testing and approach it from a simply selfish point of view.  Don’t you think a company that doesn’t animal test, doesn’t have fancy packaging and doesn’t pay some already over-paid “star” to push their products might be putting their resources into the actual ingredients?  Hello L’Oreal…possibly the biggest offender in the animal testing world.

“Animal testing in the Cosmetics Industry inflicts horrific suffering on these animals. Each product requires between 2,000-3,000 tests, and animals die in agony,” said MK Eitan Cabel, who called the move a “true revolution in animal welfare.”

“The end of animal testing for cosmetics has come a step closer today,” said Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for Humane Society International (HSI). “Whilst we commend Israel for taking this truly historic action, strict enforcement of the law alongside active assistance from cosmetic companies, will now be vital. HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign is working in India, Brazil, South Korea, the United States and beyond to achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics. Once the EU enforces its own sales ban in March, the creation of these two cruelty-free markets will be a significant milestone towards achieving our goal.”

Do yourself and lab animals a favor…change the way you buy your personal care products and cosmetics.

To find truly cruelty-free products, visit gocrueltyfree.org.

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