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Is Animal Testing Avoidable in Cosmetics Production?
Life and Style's Josie Hart debates whether animal testing is a necessary procedure in the production of cosmetics or whether it can be avoided
It seems obscene that harm to life or even loss of life are results of production of your favourite lipgloss or perfect shade of eyeshadow. Nowadays, we’re so detached from the production process of the products we use that it’s a rarity for most to even think about what animals may have had to experience for our makeup bags to be filled. Regarding makeup, red is associated with that perfect lipstick shade you save for special occasions, not the blood of an animal that’s had to suffer for you to wear it. However, due to recent animal rights activism at London Fashion Week, major issues regarding animal suffering for commercial and cosmetic purposes have been brought to light. Is animal testing all worth it?
It’s a moral dilemma that currently remains unsolved and is likely to into the future. What are our commitments to animals? Many would argue that their lack of capacity for higher level emotion and thought means that harming animal and human life are two completely separate matters. But most would also shudder at the thought of any harm coming to their beloved pets. Perhaps it depends on the animal in question and the subjective matter of which are most valuable to humans? A further complexity comes in terms in which situations it’s justifiable to harm animals. Although we couldn’t imagine living without our favourite makeup products, at the end of the day, they are not absolutely essential so it seems unnecessary to cause suffering for an arguably trivial purpose, unlike meat which helps to sustain life so seems to be a justifiable reason to use animals to our advantage. Then again, vegetarians and vegans survive just fine without sacrificing animal life. Clearly, the argument continues to go round in circles and seems impossible to cast an overriding judgement on.
“Although we couldn’t imagine living without our favourite makeup products, at the end of the day, they are not absolutely essential so it seems unnecessary to cause suffering for an arguably trivial purpose
Luckily for us, animal testing for cosmetics was banned across the UK and EU in March 2013. Even for non-cosmetic purposes, the UK has the tightest regulations on animal testing in the world. Both the institution and individual must own a licence to carry out animal testing which are only granted after specialised inspectors have carried out a rigorous cost-benefit analysis. Even if a licence is given for animal testing to go ahead, it legally must cause the least pain possible to the animals and only those with relatively low sensitivity can be used. Also, there must be certainty that there is no other appropriate means for testing and that the results of the testing will in some way be beneficial to the investigation and human life. However, still be aware that the production of many of the products in UK stores have been produced elsewhere where regulations are looser so there’s no guarantee that no animal suffering has come of the makeup being sold to us.
“Be aware that the production of many of the products in UK stores have been produced elsewhere where regulations are looser so there’s no guarantee that no animal suffering has come of the makeup being sold to us
With the vast number of generic high street and also specific ranges that don’t use animal testing, maybe it’s pointless to delve into the dilemma at all? If we can’t be sure that no unnecessary suffering has been caused to produce our favourite makeup products, and no overriding judgement has been made on whether it’s justifiable, surely the solution is just to avoid products that have been tested on animals, especially in the UK where given the ban, cruelty free brands are in vast supply. It’s likely that you won’t have to change your daily makeup routine at all as most popular brands don’t test on animals but it’s worth checking your products for this logo:
If you are looking to change up your products to avoid animal testing, you can try some of these high street brands:
You’re in luck! This American brand that you now can’t imagine a Boots without are cruelty-free! So continue to spend hours in the aisles of Boots swatching creamy lip stains, rest assured that they have not been tested on animals.
It’s pretty well known that Lush don’t test any of their products on animals. Although we’re all prone to a Lush bath bomb, it’s definitely worth giving their makeup products a go. I suggest trying out their ‘eye jewels’ which are essentially a cream eyeshadow and are another level of pigmented.
It’s easy to give new lip or eye colours a go to go cruelty-free, but harder to change up our face makeup when we know what products match our complexion and provide the required amount of coverage. That’s why Bare Minerals is a solid option. They have a wide range of face products from powder, to cream, to liquid foundations and the assistants at their counters will be able to help you find the perfect match for you.
B is a brand exclusive to Superdrug with an entirely vegan and cruelty free range. Their liquid illuminator highlighter will give you the glow of a disco ball and is only £9.99. They also have a skincare range which is also entirely vegan and cruelty-free.