It’s a difficult subject, but in today’s column, makeup artist and Beauty Buzz columnist Ant Adams highlights some of the present and future consequences of cosmetic testing on animals.

I wanted to focus this week on something a little bit more serious, and something we don’t usually like to think about when heading to the cosmetic counters.

In this year of 2013, there is absolutely no reason or excuse to still be testing cosmetic products on animals.

Companies including Estee Lauder and Avon have resumed testing on animals for more than two decades; this was due to pressure from the Chinese Government for more sales there.

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Fact: in these modern times most consumers would prefer to spend their money on products that have not been tested on animals, not only because of the horrific treatment of these animals, but also due to the side effects and possible future problems this could create for humans.

If you’ve never seen pictures or videos of what happens in these labs as they test, it is nothing less than revolting.

YouTube is filled with videos, PETA has lists of testing and non-testing companies and it really is eye opening.

Animals such as monkeys, rabbits and mice are subjected to some of the most inhumane and cruel things I have ever witnessed.

These same animals are also being used as ingredients in the products they are tested on.

Usually, after being subjected to these methods of torture, they are ‘disposed of’. Animals become a throw away commodity in this ‘glamorous’ world we all revel in.

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Even recently I was made aware of an alternative – of taking cells from humans – which they could then test a multitude of potions on, without any ill effect to an animal or human.

I feel this would be a much better alternative for us and for animals. I am sure it really does not thrill anyone to know that the body cream they may be using could include Allantoin – a uric acid from cows or most mammals (it can also be sourced from plants).

With an increasing population on this planet, the destruction of forests and our pillaging of the seas and fields for animals, how much do we have left to use? Could a time come when, after using animals for such products over so many years, this could have an impact on our food supplies?

It is a question we should all ask ourselves. As they say,  supply and demand – if we continue to want, they will continue to make.

This week I encourage you all to find out more about your beauty products and double check that the companies you are buying from are ethical and free from animal testing.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to suggest something beauty-related you would like to read about, please don’t hesitate to contact me on [email protected].

Ant xx

Would you still buy a product that you knew had been tested on animals? And why do you think companies that test on animals continue with these inhumane practices? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!