The Truth about Animal Testing in our daily lives

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Looking at these images tears us up, imagine how they must be feeling? We often hear stories of abused pigs, cows, chickens, sheeps and so many more animals we consume daily but we often forget the ones trapped in the laboratories. The media and the beauty chains have brainwashed stories of how awesome their new anti aging cream works or how the latest lip gloss is the only accessory to have. To detergent companies telling us how clean and neat our sheets will be if we use their newly improved formula.

The research are usually conducted inside universities, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, farms, defense establishments and commercial facilities that provide animal testing services to industry. It includes pure research such as genetics, development biology, behavioral studies, as well as applied research such as biomedical research, xenotransplantation, drug testing and toxicology tests, including cosmetics testing. But what goes behind the laboratories of creating these items remains hidden from all of us.

The following video is super heart aching and do not say we did not warn you to bring out your tissue paper and cry out loud at the amount of pain and torture these little friends of ours are doing. Worse part, our favourite pets like dogs, cats and rabbits are often used and mistreated like garbage.

I found some research and statistics online regarding animal testing. We are determined to not be a part of this and we want to fight this crazy world we live in by supporting companies that believes and preach the NO animal testing policy. All it takes is our demand for products with assurance and faith that no animals were used in any process. It is a chicken and egg issue. When there is a demand there will be a supply. We have already made our first step and we are sticking to it. Sadly, there is one side of this we find it hard to swallow and we pray for a miracle to change one day soon. At this very moment, there is the law that all medical drugs are to be tested on animals. 😦

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The top 10 discoveries taken from a few websites found online. We like this particular link a lot as it gives us a thorough break down of where the animals come from, where do they go after testing to how animals are treated in the laboratories.

1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned and abused in U.S. labels every year (What about others around the world?!)

2. The two most common illnesses in the Western world  (and we say around the World) are Lung cancer from smoking and heart disease. Neither can be reproduced in lab animals.

3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protection under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Wow that’s seriously racist!

4. Even animals that are protected under the AWA can be abused and tortured. And the law does not require the use of valid alternatives to animals, even if they are available.

5. According to the Humane Society, registration of a single pesticide requires more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals.

6. Several cosmetic test commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs include:

– skin and eye irritation where chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief.

– repeated force-feeding studies that last weeks or months, to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards.

– widely condemned “lethal dose” tests, where animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine what does causes death.

7. In tests of potential carcinogens, subjects are given a substance every day for two years. Other tests involve killing pregnant animals and testing their fetuses.

8. The real life applications for some of the test substances are as trivial as an “improved” laundry detergent, new eye shadow, or copycat drug to replace a profitable pharmaceutical whose patent expired.

9. Major cosmetic brands are failing to inform customers that their products are tested on animals in China for them to enter the biggest market in the world and most brands have already done so by keeping things hush.

10. 92% of drugs passed by animal test immediately fail when first tried on humans because they are useless, dangerous or both.

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On the other side of the coin, there are sites like Understanding Animal Research which answers commonly asked questions about animal research and its reasons. If  we were not the ones who treated the animals with care during the research then we rather play it safe and support one that uses organic, natural and animal free products as we are all a part of this earth we live in.

 

5 thoughts on “The Truth about Animal Testing in our daily lives

  1. This is so sad. On the other hand, most cosmetics in Singapore do not show animal testing label unless it is from USA or Australia.

    I haven’t used cosmetics/products form companies that test on animal for few years and minimally if I had to and this makes you exclude most common and cheap brands – L’oreal blah blah

    On the other hand, only people who can afford costlier alternatives would do so. When you can get these brands for much cheaper compared to organic/vegan cosmetics, would poorer people be okay with buying it? And on the other hand, people who can afford to, do not really care.

    It is a complicated issue and I feel at least the west is trying to move towards animal cruelty free products.

    • Dear SOS,

      Indeed the situation and reality is so saddening:(
      I will like to ask where have you been shopping for your cosmetics in Singapore?
      I will love to do more reviews on them and to let more people know about their whereabouts.
      I don’t really agree that vegan friendly cosmetics are overpriced.
      From my recent shopping trip at LUSH, quite a few items were on sale and I spent about $16 per item.
      Which is much cheaper compared to mass produced products by Loreal or Maybelline products in Watsons.
      Thank you too for leaving a comment and for visiting our blog.

      Cheers,
      Roland & Priscilla

      • I have an article on organic cosmetics in sg. When I shopped for the same in USA, then I felt everything in sg was super expensive when you see what they charge in USA. The sheer ease of availability and wide range is amazing there. I had moments of heart break then when I compared to sg.

        I also tried iherb and will review them.

        You might like viva woman and nomoredirtylooks. These blogs deal with organic clean cosmetics.

      • Hi SOS,

        I love your blog! Some of your posts are so heartfelt and as a women living in this stifling country sometimes all we need is an outlet to let it all out.
        Wow, I am definitely keen to check out the links you shared. Thanks again and I am a fan. Keep your blog posts coming!

        Cheers,
        Priscilla

  2. Thank you Priscilla. I love your blog too and follow it on my reader 🙂 Here is the post I talked about

    http://boilingwok.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/list-of-organic-cosmetic-stores-in-singapore/

    I get most of my data for Sg from Vivawoman and my own walking around. People on her site recommended iherb and vitacost

    I also follow these blogs on natural health & beauty –
    http://turbyandjohn.com/
    http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/category/detox/beauty/
    http://www.organicallybeautifulwithdani.com/

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