Opinion: The Cruelty in Your Beauty

By Tina Avondet.

One of the many variety of cruelty-free logos proudly displayed on the back of a cosmetic box.

The cosmetic industry is powerful industry that can shape a generation’ s view on beauty and self-worth. With such a powerful impact on people’s morals, recent generations have made sure to do their research on the companies before buying.  Animal testing has been a controversial topic in the makeup industry and has been a convenient way to test new products for health concerns, but needs to be stopped.

In 1938, the US signed an act heightening the safety standards for cosmetics, which persuaded companies to begin testing on animals. However, in the late 1990s many animal protection groups began to pop up in the US, protesting the chemical testing done on the animals. Many major cosmetic brands, such as L’Oréal, have stopped some of the more harmful tests, but as long as there’s an option for a larger market, they’re still testing on animals.

Bright pigments of cruelty-free brands shining under the store lights.

The most common animals that are forced to be tested on for cosmetic purposes are mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. It’s not uncommon for these animals to be bred in a laboratory, tested and then killed for the company’s profit, never having a normal life or a basic standard of living. The animals subjected to testing are shaved, injected or restrained for the tests. The animals are typically tested on until they can’t be of use anymore and then kill by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation without pain relieve.

These animals will never get a normal life because they are not protected under the Animal Welfare Act. Some people will bring up the point that testing on animals before humans is considerably safer, but animals have many limitations and don’t have the same reaction to products as humans do to many chemicals. Animal testing may have been the only easy option to see what was safe in the past, but in this day in age there are thousands of ingredients that have been considered safe to use for many years as well as over 50 other methods to effectively test cosmetics. Animal testing should be a thing of the past.  

A wide variety of organic, cruelty-free and ethically-based brands found in a local Target.

There is already big steps being made across the country. September 28th, 2018, became one of the most memorable days for the Social Compassion League and animal lovers alike. Governor Brown signed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Act to be put in full effect in 2020. The act will prevent animal testing on all cosmetic manufacturers in California, with few exceptions.

Many teens are more aware of animal testing and what goes into their cosmetics through readily available information on the internet, whereas past generations have relied on information given to them by the brand. North Royalton High School Junior, Megan Spisak, researches brands before she buys products to assure no animals were harmed in the making of her makeup. The ban on cosmetic brands testing on animals is a huge step in the right direction and will hopefully more people will notice what goes into their makeup.

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Tina Avondet is a senior at North Royalton High School. She is heavily involved in North Royalton High School’s choir department as she participates in Royal Harmony (show choir) and Royaltones (a cappella ensemble). Outside of school, Tina enjoys working at Marc’s. When she’s not at rehearsal or rocking her Marc’s polo, she enjoys writing, sewing and hanging out with her friends. Tina has big plans after her senior year as she hopes to enlist into the Navy.