The Cruelty-Free Crusade

Inhumane animal testing calls for drastic change in everyday products

Talia Amjadi, Staff Writer

It seems like labels on products are popping up everywhere these days.

Beverages have their “all-natural” drinks. Shampoos claim to be “organic.” Household items are going “green.”

As our society has become gradually more health conscience within the past 20 years, marketing companies try to put anything on their product to make it sell.

Although natural and organic products are important, cruelty-free products are better for the health of animals suffering every day from animal testing.

Every year, more than 100 million animals — including mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, monkeys, fish and birds — are killed in United States laboratories for multiple areas of testing.

Before their deaths, the animals are forced to inhale toxic fumes, are immobilized in restraint devices for hours, have holes drilled into their skulls and even have their skin burned off or their spinal cords crushed.

In addition to the torture, animals in these labs are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. They are confined to cages, socially isolated and mentally traumatized. They are treated as nothing more than disposable lab equipment.

When I was younger, I was unaware and didn’t put much thought into animal testing and what the animals actually endured — ever since I have been educated on the subject, I have used cruelty-free products.

A lot of popular brands test on animals for things like shampoos, lotions, face wash, cosmetics and more. Though a lot of people don’t know, a ton of brands do not use animals to test products.

It is easy to look at a tweet of a tortured animal and feel guilty and upset, but nothing is changing from doing that.

In order to really turn around animal testing throughout the world, everyone must make the fight to use cruelty-free products and spread the word about how they are killing thousands of innocent animals every day.