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What Products are Tested On Animals?

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    August 3, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

    When you pick up cosmetic and household products at the grocery store, you probably don’t spend a lot of time considering what went into producing them. As long as an item’s safe for you to use and works like you want it to, what’s the big deal? You might want to start thinking about how it was tested, though. Many companies, including those that own huge brand names known across the country, use animal testing to ensure the safety of their products before they’re available to consumers. Some of products which involves animal testing are:

    Contact Lenses: Contact lenses are a medical device and therefore regulated by the FDA. According to the FDA, all articles are classified as Class I, Class II, or Class III, and ALL Class III medical devices MUST be tested on animal subjects before being allowed for human use. Contact lenses are a Class II medical device, so most of them are tested on animals, usually in rabbits’ eyes.  All the major brands do test on animals.

    “Green” Cleaning Products: Many of the conventional “green” cleaning products such as Green Works and Nature’s Source are owned by parent companies such as Clorox, which test on animals. So even if the finished product claims to not be tested on animals, you can almost be sure that the ingredients at some point are.

    Cruelty-free cleaning products, such as Method, are listed on Leapingbunny.org.

    More of our everyday products are tested on animals than we are aware of. It can seem discouraging and overwhelming when trying to live cruelty-free, but there are sources out there that can be helpful when shopping for cruelty-free items.