The practice of testing human drugs and products on animals has been long established in research. The facts about animal testing date back to the earliest of scientific practices but has only been hotly debated since the early 1600s. In most recent studies there is ongoing evidence to show that animal testing is both cost ineffective and dangerous since many medications that appear to work on rats, rodents and smaller and large mammals are ineffective or even harmful when used by humans.
It is estimated in the United States alone 80 million mice and rats are used each year in research and experimentation. In addition worldwide a staggering 50 to 100 million vertebrate animals are used each year. These animals range from laboratory rats and mice through to the large primates such as chimpanzees. In addition while some may argue that medical testing to save human lives validates these experiments over half of all animals used in animal testing are within the cosmetic and beauty industry, not in medical research.
Within cosmetic testing some of the cruelest of treatment occurs. Animals are force fed toxic products, have chemicals injected or squirted into their eyes and nose and mouth and also have compounds placed into wounds to test reaction to the chemicals within the beauty product. These facts about animal testing need to reach the consumers, particularly women, and an end to this cruel treatment mandated worldwide.
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