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Every year millions of animals suffer and die at the hands of scientists who perform outdated and inaccurate tests that prove no benefit to humans or animals whatsoever Before these animals die they are routinely burned scalded poisoned starved given electric shocks addicted to drugs subjected to near freezing temperatures dosed with radioactive elements and driven insane They are deliberately inflicted with diseases such as cancer diabetes oral infections stomach ulcers syphilis herpes and AIDS Their eyes are surgically removed their brains and spinal cords damaged and their bones broken The use of anesthesia is not mandated by law and consequently it is rarely administered Cosmetics companies attempt to justify all of this cruelty by claiming that the tests are performed to determine the possible dangers of cosmetics for human use Substances such as eye shadow and soap are tested on rabbits rats guinea pigs dogs and other animals despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat human illness or injury at all Experimentation on live animals or vivisection began as early as the 17th century During that time period Philosopher Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832 rejected Philosopher Rene Descartes theory that animals are not able to reason and therefore do not feel pain and suffering Bentham held that living creatures can suffer and enjoy and that their inability to reason is irrelevant to the moral issue of how animals should be treated Benthams philosophy on animals was The question is not can they reason nor can they talk but can they suffer The practice of testing cosmetics on animals began in 1933 soon after a woman used Lash Lure mascara to darken her lashes The womans eyes first burned then she went blind and eventually died Because of this incident the Food and Drug Administration passed the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act which supported the use of animals in cosmetic research in 1938 to protect the public from
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