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Annually millions of animals suffer and die in painful tests in order to determine the safety of cosmetics Substances like eye shadow and soap are tested on rabbits guinea pigs rats dogs and many other animals despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat human illness or injury Cosmetics are not required to be experimented on animals and since non-animal alternatives exist its difficult to understand why some companies still choose to conduct these brutal and unnecessary tests Cosmetic companies murder millions of animals every year just to put a few more dollars into their pockets The companies who perform these tests claim that they establish the safety of both the products and their components However the Food and Drug Administration FDA which regulates cosmetic products does not require animal testing in any way shape or form Some of the tests used on animals are eye toxicity and skin irritant tests In eye irritant tests a liquid flake granule or powdered material is placed directly into the eyes of rabbits The animals are often immobilized in cages from which only their heads may show They do not receive anesthesia during the tests After placing the irritants into the rabbits eyes scientists record the damage to the eye tissue at specific intervals over a period of seventy- two hours The tests sometimes can last anywhere from seven up to eighteen days Side effects from these experiments include swollen eyelids ulceration bleeding swollen irises massive deterioration and blindness During the tests rabbits eyelids are usually held open with clips Many animals break their necks while restrained attempting to escape Toxicity tests otherwise known as lethal dose or poisoning tests record the amount of a material that will kill a percentage sometimes even up to one-hundred percent of a group of lab animals In these tests a liquid is forced into the animals stomach linings and through holes
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