Use of Animals in Product Testing

If you have found the Georgia SPCA website, you obviously love animals, and you may be interested in learning more about the controversial use of animals in product testing and medical experimentation.  

Millions of animals are used each year for these purposes, and animal welfare laws generally do not cover such use.   Animals are commonly used to test many products, such as cosmetics, personal care and household products and pharmaceutical drugs, before introducing them to the marketplace for human use.  Animal welfare groups have strongly challenged this practice, pointing out that such testing is not only cruel and unnecessary, but often leads scientists to false conclusions.  If you would like to learn more about the issues related to animals in product testing, you may want to examine one or more of the websites listed below.  Please be aware that the information posted on these sites may be very upsetting to read and view.  We make it available for your use because it is informative and raises important ethical questions that need to be fully understood, but this information may not be suitable for everyone.
The great news is that not all products rely on animals testing, and many companies do not conduct animal testing at all.  It's easy to purchase safe, effective products that are manufactured without harming laboratory animals. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program has established high standards for products labelled cruelty free, and many of these products are available at supermarkets,shopping malls and drug stores everywhere. Easy-to-find cruelty free products for home and personal care include those made by:
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Burt's Bees
  • The Body Shop
  • Caswell Massey
  • Caldrea
  • Method
  • Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day
  • Seventh Generation

For more information on crueltry free products for home, health, beauty and pet care, and a list that you can download and take with you when you shop, visit this website:

When you shop, look for the leaping bunny on the package!  By buying cruelty-free, you are supporting businesses that care for animals, supporting the compassionate treatment of animals and adding your voice to the growing number of people who know there is a better way!