Monday, November 2, 2009

Did your shampoo company blind a rabbit?


Ever wondered if your shampoo has blinded a rabbit? Not many consumers are aware that multi-national cosmetic giants outsource animal torture to India because it’s less expensive here. Gandhi would’ve been horrifed, and so will anyone who learns what ‘testing’ involves.
Sample this eye-irritancy test for shampoo: “Laboratories use albino rabbits because they have large, sensitive eyes. Their eyelids are held open with clips while workers drip chemicals into their eyes. The rabbits are usually not given any pain killers - some rabbits break their backs as they struggle to escape the source of pain.
After placing the chemical in the rabbits’ eyes, the testers write down the damage it causes, which includes swelling, burning, blistering, and blindness”. Glossy commercials for shinier hair or softer lips wouldn’t dare tell their consumers about the grotesque cruelty that takes place behind the scenes.
What’s the alternative?
“Alternatives to animal testing include cell cultures (just a collection of tiny cells, not a whole animal). They’re cheaper and produce faster, more accurate results than animal tests, which means they’re safer for people too. Companies can also use ingredients or combinations of ingredients that have already been proven harmless, or use natural ingredients,” says PETA.

WEBSITE WITH LIST OF COMPANIES
Just check out www.caringconsumer.com for an exhaustive list of companies that do and don’t test (in downloadable pdf format). If you want to do more, shoot off an email to the heads of cosmetic companies that test on our furry friends, telling them you’ll boycott their products until they adopt alternative testing. Check the labels of all cosmetics and detergents you buy – some will have a ‘rabbit’ sign that says ‘not tested on animals’. Some cruelty-free companies are yet to adopt the ‘rabbit’ symbol, so check out http://www.caringconsumer.com/. You'd be amazed to find out how many leading brands are cruel to animals. Every category from toothpaste to lipstick also has a long list of cruelty-free brands. Buyers have the power to lower their revenues by refusing to buy their products until they adopt non-animal testing or use alternatives like cell cultures. Many compassionate companies like Oriflame, Biotique and Mac practice alternatives to animal testing and get a big thumbs up from the friends of the voiceless.

“In the 21st century, people can choose to be cruel or kind,” says PETA’s Dharmesh Solanki.”With so many humane and scientifically valid alternatives available, there is no excuse for using animals to test cosmetics products.”
Tell a friend and save animals from this dark fate.
Photo Courtesy: PETA

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wondering why can't this practice cannot be allowed in this great nation. Is it simply our Hindu culture least sensitive to animal rights or we have too many problems on priority to be tackled?

Roopa Rajaramadoss said...

In my mind quoting "Too many problems" is just another excuse any one has to offer! how difficult would it be to read the label and ensure a product isnt animal tested before you put it on you?!! I am an animal rescuer and I buy things that clearly states NO ANIMAL TESTING. If there is no such declaration, I make it a point to call the company and do extensive research before I buy anything.

Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.
- Professor Charles R. Magel