You would think in 2016, with advancements in technology, advancements in intelligence and (some) advancements in morality, animal testing occurring for the sake of our own vanity would be minimal, if not, non-existent. In 1998, the UK banned cosmetic animal testing, the EU's 28 countries banned it in 2009 and by 2013, also banned the use of products and ingredients that had been subject to new animal testing. So why are the brands we love and some we pay excessive amounts of money to use, still causing the suffering and death of and estimated 100,000-200,000 animals to try out new formulas?

According to the Humane Society International, one of the reasons is behind the development of new ingredients that do not have existing safety data, therefore, they choose (they don't have to), to see if they cause skin or eye irritations by experimenting on animals. The method in which this occurs often involves pouring chemicals onto the bare skin or dropping them into the eyes of the poor souls. Even if the animals have avoided terrible consequences such as going blind, internal bleeding or organ damage, they are destined to die by having their necks broken after the experimentation is over. 

Another reason is due to tradition. Some companies choose to because that's the way it's always been done and therefore are reluctant to trust non-animal testing methods. HSI are currently working with regulators in order to change their conservative approach. 

So who are the cosmetic brands that are still involved with animal cruelty? Here's a list of them courtsey of crueltyfreekitty.com

MAKEUP:

  • Almay
  • Amazing Cosmetics
  • Artistry (Amway)
  • Avon
  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Borghese
  • Chanel
  • Chapstick
  • Cle De Peau
  • Clinique
  • Covergirl
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Guerlain
  • L'Oreal
  • Lancome
  • Laura Mercier
  • MAC
  • Makeup Forever
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • OPI
  • Prescriptives
  • Rimmel London
  • Revlon
  • Shiseido
  • Shu Uemura
  • Sinful Colours
  • Sephora (own brand)
  • Stila
  • Tom Ford
  • Tony Moly
  • Yves Saint Laurent

HAIR:

  • Alberto VO5
  • Aussie
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clairol
  • Fekkai
  • Got2B
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Joico
  • John Freida
  • Just For Men
  • Kerastase
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nexxus
  • Nice 'N Easy
  • Pantene
  • Redken
  • Rogaine
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • Tresemme
  • Vidal Sasson

SKIN CARE:

  • Algenist
  • Aveeno
  • Avenue
  • Avon
  • Bioderma
  • Biotherm
  • Bliss
  • Boscia
  • Caudalie
  • Cetaphil
  • Clarins
  • Clarisonic
  • Clean & Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Coppertone
  • Dr. Brandt
  • Dr. Jart
  • Eos
  • Eucerin
  • Fresh
  • Garnier
  • Glatineau
  • Glamglow
  • Jurlique
  • Kiehl's
  • L'Occitane
  • La Mer
  • La Roche Posay
  • Lab Series For Men
  • Lubriderm
  • Mederma
  • Neutrogena
  • Nivea
  • Noxzema
  • Nuxe
  • Ojon
  • Olay
  • Origins
  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Ponds
  • Roc
  • Rembrandt
  • Simple
  • SK-II
  • St. Ives
  • Vaseline
  • Walgreens
  • Yves Rocher

SOAP:

  • Dial
  • Dove
  • H2O Plus
  • Irish Spring
  • Ivory
  • Johnson's
  • Lux
  • Purpose
  • Shower To Shower
  • Softsoap

How many brands did you see that you use on a daily basis? Did you know they still tested on animals? Will this stop you from using them? Comment your opinions, I'd love to know.

 

Published by Molly Dickinson