There is no denying that animal’s lives do matter and sometimes the value of animal lives can even overshadow the value of human lives but often this challenged through exploitation and mistreatment of animals for human benefit.
Amongst the most commonly publicised mistreatment’s are the inhumane slaughter of cows and other livestock for commercial meat sales and the poor living conditions of chickens and the issues surrounding the definitions of “free-range”, “grain fed” etc. eggs. An issue that everyone is aware of but is often glanced past is the issue of cosmetic testing on animals.
Due to an ever increasingly health conscious society, in recent years the growth of veganism has risen, especially amongst females. Many of these women consciously reject meat, dairy and other animal products from their diet and they have stopped buying fur and leather goods but many forget the origins of their cosmetic goods. Whilst the make-up itself many not have derived from animals, many finished products (and/or their individual ingredients) are frequently tested on animals overseas before making their way to Australia. There are many established global brands such as Clinique, Colgate, Dove, Neutrogena, Rexona and MAC, which are all revered despite still testing their chemically produced goods on animals.
Millions of rabbits, rodents, cats and dogs burned, poisoned and killed in painful and unnecessary tests each year for the sake of cosmetics and toiletries development and commonly performed cosmetic tests include skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on shaved skin or dripped into the eyes without any pain relief.
In 2014, performance artist Jacqueline Traide was tortured like an animal in a live performance piece in London to raise awareness for animal cosmetics testing. It fore fronted the issue in a highly confronting manner, the young woman endured 10 hours of experiments, which included being restrained, having her hair shaved and irritants squirted in her eyes and being force-fed and injected with cosmetics in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers. It was part of a worldwide campaign by Lush Cosmetics and The Humane Society and it created international headlines.