Thoughts on Animal Testing

Apparently there has been a significant movement against the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, in the form of a online petition, because it would promulgate mandatory animal testing.  The primary reasoning of the opposition is that it promotes animal cruelty, is costly, and is an antiquated practice that has been banned in the EU and a handful of other countries.

Animal testing in controlled laboratories has enabled scientists to determine how chemicals behave when they interact with humans and the environment, and therefore serve a purpose.  Many companies are cruelty free and do not conduct animal testing, however, how can one ensure that these products are truly safe?  Some companies run testing or clinical trials on people to test their products.  If some of these products are being released to the market without being tested, what are the implications?

 Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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