The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as “articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”. The FDA does not require animal testing to demonstrate cosmetics are safe. However, some governments do require mandatory animal testing for cosmetics. Tests are commonly performed that expose mice, hamsters, and rabbits to cosmetics ingredients that cause them harm.
Have you ever wondered if an animal had to suffer for you to use the products you love? Up to 200,000 animals per year suffer and die from cosmetic testing worldwide. Household pets like rabbits, hamsters, and mice are among the animals being tested on daily. Animal testing in the cosmetics industry has existed since 1938. It’s time to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry today. A proactive way an individual can support the end of animal testing in the cosmetics industry is to exclusively buy from and support companies that do not test on animals (i.e. conscious consumerism).
My exhibit strives to encourage the individual to reflect on the products they employ each day and consider how they can make a positive change in their life by pledging to go cruelty-free. The interactive element of this exhibit is the ability to color directly onto the exhibit whilst reflecting on one's own consumerism in the eye of cruelty-free beauty. There is also a resource guide available as a takeaway item to help one go cruelty-free. To tie it all together, the resource guide also doubles as a connect-the-dot activity.