Testing on animals for cosmetics or their ingredients have been banned in the EU since 2013, but many products are still being produced and sold outside of these countries that are not cruelty free. Animal testing is still carried out for chemical or hazardous ingredients, household products, workforce exposure during manufacturing processes and drug testing (medicines are legally required worldwide to be tested on animals prior to clinical trials on humans). The aim is to ban animal testing worldwide and use effective non-animal testing methods.
The most common argument for animal experimentation is drug testing. However it is proven that non-animal methods of testing are successful and translate more accurately to clinical practice.
According to data taken from Cruelty Free International:
– The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades and it simply didn’t work in human beings – Dr. Richard Klausner, former director of the US National Cancer Institute
– 90% of drugs fail in human trials despite promising results in animal tests – whether on safety grounds or because they do not work. Cancer drugs have the lowest success rate (only 5% are approved after entering clinical trials) followed by psychiatry drugs (6% success rate), heart drugs (7% success rate) and neurology drugs (8% success rate). Vioxx, a drug used to treat arthritis, was found to be safe when tested in monkeys (and five other animal species) but has been estimated to have caused around 320,000 heart attacks and strokes and 140,000 deaths worldwide.
– Animals do not get many of the diseases we do, such as Parkinson’s disease, major types of heart disease, many types of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV or schizophrenia. The most commonly used species of monkey to test drug safety (Cynomolgous macaque monkeys), are resistant to doses of paracetamol (acetaminophen) that would be deadly in humans. Aspirin is toxic to many animals, including cats, mice and rats and would not be on our pharmacy shelves if it had been tested according to current animal testing standards.
– Of the 1.86 million experiments conducted on animals, 60% (1.12 million experiments) were in the area of basic research, much of it driven by the curiosity of university researchers. Only 13% of experiments were ones that were required by regulators.
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Archie at ROWE®