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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Johnson

4 Facts About Animal Testing

Updated: May 16

Over 115 million animals are used in experiments every year globally.

Wikipedia defines animal testing, also known as vivisection, as the use of non-human animals in experiments that seek to control the variables that affect the behavior or biological system under study. In layman’s terms, these experiments aim to gauge the safety and efficacy of products, drugs, and medical procedures. This article explores popular myths about animal testing and the facts that debunk them.

Myth 1: Animal testing is necessary to ensure the safety of new drugs and medical treatments.

Fact: There are many alternatives to animal testing that are more humane and effective. For example, in vitro testing uses cells, tissues, or organs in the laboratory to test the safety and efficacy of new drugs and chemicals. Computer modeling also allows scientists to simulate the effects of new drugs and chemicals on the body.

Myth 2: Animal testing is the only way to test the safety of cosmetics.

Fact: There are many cosmetics that are cruelty-free and do not use animal testing. You can find a list of cruelty-free cosmetics on these reliable sites:

Myth 3: Animal testing is regulated and humane.

Fact: Animal testing is not always regulated and can be very cruel. Animals are often subjected to painful and invasive procedures, and they may not be given pain medication.

Myth 4: The law requires animal testing to be conducted on cosmetics.

Fact: According to the Leaping Bunny Program, this is 100% false. "Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission require animal testing for cosmetics or household products."

The no animal testing movement is an expanding international movement that promotes the abolition of animal testing in favor of alternative methods. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, funds the development of state-of-the-art alternatives like in vitro testing, human volunteers, and computer modeling. Not only are these methods more humane but they are more accurate and cost-effective, according to many scientists.

What can you do to help?

  • Choose cruelty-free cosmetics and other products.

  • Support and donate to organizations that are working to end animal testing.

  • Educate others about the cruelty of animal testing.


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