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  1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.
  2. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.
  3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
  4. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested. Take a stand by kidnapping your friends’ products that were tested on animals (seriously!). Sign up for Kidnapped Cosmetics.
  5. It’s mandatory for all products to be tested on animals in China. Meanwhile, the European Union issued a ban on the sale of new cosmetics that are tested on animals.

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  1. Even animals that are protected under the AWA can be abused and tortured. And the law doesn’t require the use of valid alternatives to animals, even if they are available.
  2. 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.
  3. When used in cosmetic tests, mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs are often subjected to skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief.
  4. In tests of potential carcinogens, subjects are given a substance every day for 2 years. Others tests involve killing pregnant animals and testing their fetuses.
  5. The real-life applications for some of the tested substances are as trivial as an “improved” laundry detergent, new eye shadow, or copycat drugs to replace a profitable pharmaceutical whose patent expired.
  6. “Alternative” tests achieve one or more of the “3 R’s:” replaces a procedure that uses animals with a procedure that doesn’t, reduces the number of animals used in a procedure, refines a procedure to alleviate or minimize potential animal pain.

Sources

  • 1

    "Top Five Shocking Animal Experimentation Facts ." PETA. Accessed February 9, 2014, http://www.peta.org/features/top-five-shocking-animal-experimentation-facts/.

  • 2

    Brewer, Ted. "Trials and Errors: Drug Testing Raises Ethical -and Efficacy- Issues." SaferMedicines.org. Accessed February 10, 2014, http://www.safermedicines.org/articlepdfs/200709014812.pdf.

  • 3

    "Laws and Regulations | Animal Use in Research." New England Anti-Vivisection Society. Accessed February 8, 2014, http://www.neavs.org/research/laws.

  • 4

    "About Animal Testing." HumaneSocietyInternational.org. Accessed February 9, 2014, http://www.hsi.org/campaigns/end_animal_testing/qa/about.html.

  • 5

    Wei, Xu, and Zhang Lei. "Taking a humane look at cosmetics." USA.ChinaDaily.com. Accessed February 10, 2014, http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2013-12/20/content_17187159.htm.

  • 6

    Vanderau, Melanie L. "Science at any cost: The ineffectiveness and underenforcement of the Animal Welfare Act." Penn St. Envtl. L. Rev. 14 (2006): 721-721.

  • 7

    Moxley, Angela. "The End of Animal Testing." HumaneSociety.org. Accessed February 10, 2014, http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2009/09-10/end_animal_testing.html.

  • 8

    The Humane Society of the United States. "Fact Sheet: Cosmetic Testing." HumaneSociety.org. Accessed February 11, 2014, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/qa/questions_answers.html#.UvpD0fldX-s.

  • 9

    Moxley, Angela. "The End of Animal Testing." HumaneSociety.org. Accessed February 10, 2014, http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2009/09-10/end_animal_testing.html.

  • 10

    Moxley, Angela. "The End of Animal Testing." HumaneSociety.org. Accessed February 10, 2014, http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2009/09-10/end_animal_testing.html.

  • 11

    Ibrahim, Darian M. "Reduce, refine, replace: The failure of the three R's and the future of animal experimentation." U. Chi. Legal F. (2006): 195. Accessed February 11, 2014.

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