Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Kick animal testing out of the house

Posted: 7 January 2010. Updated: 11 January 2010


Information regarding the number of animals used for testing household products in the USA is scarce. Statistical reporting, by the USDA, is provided in a general yearly report regarding the Animal Welfare Act. The latest report reveals that 1,027,450 animals were used, but this omits the use of “birds and laboratory rats and mice, as well as farm animals used exclusively in agricultural research”, for which authorization is not required. The total of animals used is therefore about 20 times this. The FDA states, in reference to cosmetics, that “Animal testing by manufacturers seeking to market new products may be used to establish product safety”, but doesn not publish the data. A 2001 report merely noted: “In the USA the use of animals in biomedical research, testing of household products and cosmetics contributes to an annual total of between 17 and 22 million animals” (Moore, A (2001) Of Mice and Mendle, European Molecular Biology Organisation, Vol. 2, No. 7, pp: 554 – 558., showing a lack of precision).

However, progress in Europe shows that we can win; testing finished cosmetics products on animals has been prohibited in the EU since 2004 and testing ingredients is now banned. It is imperative that the USA now ends these tests. Our ‘Kick Animal Testing Out of the House’ campaign is calling for action.

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