Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Animal testing; the truth behind daily used products


How many of your daily products have been tested on these innocent animals? How many animals have had to die so you can have a certain medication or treatment? Each year for the sake of laboratory tests in schools, cosmetic testing, medical research and food, chemical and drug tests, over 100 million animals are killed in the process. And this is just in the United States. In Canada over 3.02 million animals are used in experiments and research. Canada and the U.S. are only two of ten major countries with the highest rate of animal testing and research. The other eight countries are Australia, Japan, China, France, the U.K, Germany, Taiwan and Brazil. Animal testing is on the rise in many parts of the world especially China, “Or remain at the same level as they were in the 1980s or 1990s” (cruelty free, international). Testing on animals is not necessary as animals have a completely different biology to humans so what may work for the animals in the end will not necessarily work on humans. (Dr. Andrew Menache, Animal research is a multimillion dollar industry, which involves the Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries, along with Government and Universities. “There is also a significant industry providing support services in relation to animal research, including animal breeding, food supply, cage manufacture etc.” ( There is always an alternative to animal research and testing.


The animals tested or researched on include; Frogs, Dogs, and Rabbits, Cats, Monkeys, Fish, small pigs and birds. The most common animals that are experimented on and have the highest rates of testing done on them are rats, mice and hamsters. Products that you’d never guess test on animals before going onto the shelves of every supermarket. Other every day brands like Aqua fresh, Johnson + Johnson, LOREAL, Pantene, TRESemme, Dove, LISTERINE, Head & shoulders, Vaseline and Clean & clear also test on animals before making their way to shop floors. Most make up brands like M.A.C and Revlon, cover girl, AVON and Maybelline all test on animals. In the cosmetics industry over 3000 animals are killed in the process of making each product.



Other house hold cleaning products like; Tide, Windex, Glade, Coppertone, Comet, Clorox, Febreze, Arm & Hammer, Pampers and Stila all test on animals. There are several apps that can be downloaded on your phone or other devices, which tell you what products, have been tested on animals and what products do not test on animals. One of these known apps is called the CCF app (Choose Cruelty Free). This app can be downloaded on either Apple or Android products, and is free and gives lists of all vegan options and cruelty free products. Another app is Cruelty-Free, which will give you the description of a company that you look up and whether or not their products are cruelty free and what type of products the company sells. In my next blog I will be talking about animal testing and research is just plain bad science, and will have a few professional opinions on the matter along with a few statistics that state how often animal research and testing actually works on humans after it have proven to work for animals.






One comment on “Animal testing; the truth behind daily used products

  1. maddimace
    May 1, 2016

    I think this post was great. To me it was filled with lots of information and was engaging also. I really liked reading it and getting a different view on this topic. But there is one point that I do disagree with. That point is that animals have completely different biology to humans. I decided to do some research on this to found out more about the biology of humans and animals. It turns out that some biological systems of animals are similar to that of humans. For example swines (pigs) have similar cardiovascular and skin systems to humans. Some animals even had similar DNA to humans. mice share 94% of its DNA with us. Research in genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome or Parkinson’s disease have used a mouse model because of how much DNA is shared between human and mice. So saying that animals have completely different biology to humans to me is an incorrect statement. I found out this information on the AMP website from an article called Animal Research FAQs (


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