Animal Testing

Animal testing rests on a logical contradiction. It is ‘because animals are like us’ that experiments are useful, yet it is ‘because animals are not like us’ that makes it morally okay to experiment on animals?

Prof. Charles R. Magel

 animal_testingIn Australia 6.5 million animals are used for research and teaching each year, many in testing cosmetic products. Animal toxicity tests involve blinding and poisoning animals. They are subjectively assessed and the results can vary depending upon the species, age, sex and condition of individual animals. Testing is not mandatory in Australia, however manufacturers are asked to conduct whatever tests are appropriate, in their opinion, to establish their cosmetics or household products are safe.

In March 2009 Europe introduced a ban on testing animals for cosmetic products where non-animal alternatives are available in addition to banning the sale of animal tested cosmetics no matter where they are produced. 

A Choice investigation (May 2013) has found that major cosmetic brands are failing to inform customers that their beauty products are tested on animals in China. Skin and eye irritation tests must be conducted on animals in order for cosmetic products to be sold in China, which are paid for by manufacturers. > ABC News (vid, 6/5/13). > See companies list compiled by Choice.

India has announced that it will implement a ban on animal testing for cosmetics (1/7/13).

See companies in our database with praises and criticisms in relation to Animal Testing
COMPANIES WITH PRAISES
– PRAISE (FULL)
…… Abercrombie & Fitch Co , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… ALDI International , DEU – “ Animal Testing “
…… Allicio Aromatherapy , – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… American International Industries , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Arbonne International LLC , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Aromababy , – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Auroma , – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Australian Cosmeceuticals , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Australian Organics Body Care , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Aveda Corporation , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Bonne Bell Company , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Botani Australia , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Burt’s Bees Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Caron Laboratories , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Clarins , FRA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… De Lorenzo Hair & Cosmetic Research , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Eco Tools , USA – “ Cruelty free and vegan company “
…… Ecostore Company , NZL – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Emeis Holdings , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… ET Browne Drug Company Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Fruit of the Earth Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Gaia Skin Naturals , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Hairtech Australia , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Herbon Natural Products , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Hobson Dell , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Innoxa , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Jurlique International , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… L’Occitane International SA , LUX – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Lee Pharmaceuticals , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Levlad LLC , USA – “ Cruelty free and vegan company “
…… Lifesource Group , AUS – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Liz Claiborne Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Lush Australasia Retail , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Lush , GBR – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Melrose Laboratories , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Method Products Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free and vegan company “
…… Montagne Jeunesse International , GBR – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Natio , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Natures Organics , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Nordstrom, Inc. , – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Organic & Natural Enterprise Group , AUS – “ Cruelty free company “
…… pH Beauty Labs Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free and vegan company “
…… Physicians Formula Holdings Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Pilot Corporation , JPN – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Prestige Cosmetics Corporation , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Pro-Ma Systems (Aust) , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Puig SL , ESP – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Revlon Inc , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Ross Cosmetics Aust , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Seventh Generation, Inc. , USA – “ Cruelty free and vegan company “
…… Staedtler Group , DEU – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Stila Styles LLC , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Sukin Organics , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… The Body Shop Australia , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… The Body Shop International plc , GBR – “ Cruelty free company “
…… The King of Shaves Company , GBR – “ Cruelty free company “
…… The Purist Company , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Tri Nature , AUS – “ Accredited cruelty-free vegan company “
…… Trilogy Natural Products , NZL – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
…… Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Victoria’s Secret , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Yes To, Inc. , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Youngblood Skin Care Products LLC , USA – “ Cruelty free company “
…… Zuii Organic , AUS – “ Cruelty-free accredited company “
- MINOR PRAISE (not used in rating calculations)
3M Company , USA – “ Animal Testing policy “

COMPANIES WITH CRITICISMS IN THIS AREA
– CRITICISM (FULL)
…… L’Oreal SA , FRA – “ Boycott Call “
…… Procter & Gamble Company , USA – “ Boycott Call “
…… 3M Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Avon Products Inc , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Bausch & Lomb Inc. , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Church & Dwight Co Inc , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Clorox Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Energizer Holdings Inc. , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Estée Lauder Companies Inc. , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Gillette Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… GlaxoSmithKline Plc , GBR – “ Animal Testing “
…… Henkel KGaA , DEU – “ Animal Testing “
…… Johnson & Johnson , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Kao Corporation , JPN – “ Animal testing “
…… L’Oreal SA , FRA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Mars Inc. , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Mary Kay Inc , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Merck & Co., Inc. , – “ Animal Testing “
…… Pfizer Inc , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Procter & Gamble Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Reckitt Benckiser PLC , GBR – “ Animal Testing “
…… SC Johnson & Son , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Schering-Plough , – “ Animal Testing “
…… Shiseido Company , JPN – “ Animal Testing “
…… Unilever , GBR/NLD – “ Animal Testing “
…… Walgreen Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Yakult Honsha Co , JPN – “ Animal Testing “
- CRITICISM (LESSER)
…… Beiersdorf Aktiengesellschaft , DEU – “ Animal testing “
…… Colgate-Palmolive Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… GlaxoSmithKline Plc , GBR – “ Use of transgenic animals in testing “
…… Joh A Benckiser GmbH , DEU – “ Animal Testing “
…… PZ Cussons Plc , GBR – “ Animal Testing “
…… Societe BIC , FRA – “ Animal Testing “
- MINOR CRITICISM (not used in rating calculations)
…… Abbott Laboratories , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Alberto-Culver Company , USA – “ Ingredients tested on animals “
…… Avon Products Inc , USA – “ Ingredients tested on animals “
…… Bayer AG , DEU – “ Animal Testing “
…… Cargill Inc , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Chanel SA , FRA – “ Ingredients tested on animals “
…… Clarins , FRA – “ May use animal-tested ingredients “
…… Dow Chemical , – “ Animal Testing “
…… Estée Lauder Companies Inc. , USA – “ Ingredients tested on animals “
…… GlaxoSmithKline Plc , GBR – “ Animal Testing “
…… LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA , FRA – “ Ingredients tested on animals “
…… Monsanto Company , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Novartis AG , CHE – “ Animal Testing “
…… Pfizer Inc , USA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Playtex Products Inc. , USA – “ Previously criticised for animal testing “
…… Revlon Inc , USA – “ Ingredients tested on animals “
…… Societe BIC , FRA – “ Animal Testing “
…… Syngenta AG , CHE – “ Animal Testing “

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