A recent survey conducted by the Humane Society of the United States found that:
- 68 percent of voters know that animals are used to test the safety of cosmetics.
- Three in four voters say that they would feel safer, or as safe, if non-animal methods were used to test the safety of a cosmetic instead of animal testing.
- Women, who are the major consumers of cosmetics, largely oppose animal testing of cosmetics, with 72 percent of those polled opposed.
- Most women – 70 percent – think animal testing of cosmetics should be illegal.
- Strong majorities of women think animal testing of cosmetics should be illegal, regardless of age, level of education or ethnicity.
While I am very pleased to see these numbers, I wonder how many of the people polled make a point of not buying cosmetic products that are tested on animals. I say this from personal experience, since I know several women who say they are opposed to animal testing, yet who may not scrutinize carefully the products that they use to ensure they are not tested on animals. Further, so many every day household cleaners and products are tested routinely on animals so, while focusing on cosmetic testing is important, we should not ignore the perhaps larger impact of testing on household products.