A recent article in Scientific American’s SA Forum is against animal testing in cosmetics. Authors Paul A. Locke and Jim Moran argue that the safety testing of cosmetics on animals is not only morally wrong, but is an expensive, slow, and inconclusive method.
The United States does not require animal safety testing for cosmetics, and the European Union has recently banned cosmetics with animal-tested ingredients. Conversely, any cosmetics manufactured in China are mandated by law to test on animals.
Before you purchase cosmetics, please consider where they come from and whether they were tested on animals. The Leaping Bunny Program provides good information about how to go cruelty-free.