This year has proven to be an exciting time for animals and animal advocates. Earlier in the year Israel announced a ban on cosmetics and household products created with animal testing. Just yesterday the European Union ban on household products and cosmetics tested on animals has taken effect. In honor of this historic event in the European Union the Humane Society of the United States as well as the Humane Society International have launched the 'Be Cruelty-Free Week.' The goal of the Humane Society is to urge consumers to get involved in the fight against animal testing and make the United States the next cruelty-free market.
The Humane Society is responsible for a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners. This study was to find out how American voters felt about animal testing. The research was conducted from February 5 - 11, 2013 with 802 participants. The results concluded that 67 percent of the American voters surveyed were opposed to animal testing in cosmetics. Sixty-eight percent of the participants knew that animals were still being tested on which indicates that there are people who are still unaware that animals are used for such purposes. Three of four voters answered that they would feel safe or even safer with cosmetics that were created with alternative methods to animal testing. Seventy-two percent of the women who participated in the study were opposed to animal testing. Most women from all age brackets, backgrounds, etc believe that animal testing should be illegal.
Animal testing is cruel and archaic. There are plenty of quality brands available that do not test on animals. The FDA does not require the use of these tests that blind, burn and poison animals. For more information on which companies test on animals and which don't consumers may utilize resources including the PETA and Leaping Bunny websites. Concerned consumers may also take the pledge with the Humane Society and support the fight to end animal testing.
Now that Israel and the European Union have banned animal testing will the United States ever follow their example?