Testing Cosmetics and Household Products on Animals: Bad Science, Bad Results

Despite growing scientific evidence that animal-based (in vivo) testing is unnecessary, antiquated, and yields inaccurate, even dangerous results, many cosmetic, household product, and personal care companies continue the practice with little regard for animal life or human health and well-being. To learn more about animal testing for cosmetics and household products, and what alternatives are available, visit our Animal Testing FAQ.

NEAVS is committed to supporting companies that do not engage in animal testing during any stage of product development and instead use humane and more effective non-animal (in vitro) testing methods. For nearly 35 years, our programs and priorities have engaged in coalition efforts as well as our own initiatives to replace animal testing with better and more humane science. Here are some highlights:

  • Leaping Bunny logoIn 1996, NEAVS became a founding member of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) and its Leaping Bunny program. Leaping Bunny is the best source for cruelty-free product information and assurance that the companies you choose to purchase from, as well as their laboratories and suppliers, use no new animal testing in any phase of product development. Please visit our page of Leaping Bunny-certified companies to learn more.
  • In November 2000, NEAVS’ work led to Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division adopting language defining cruelty-free companies as more environmentally friendly and therefore eligible for preference points while bidding to provide goods and services to the state – a new precedent for supporting cruelty-free products.
  • MAP logoIn November 2007, NEAVS led coalition efforts petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mandate the use of available validated alternatives in safety and efficacy tests. While the FDA did not adopt the full Rulemaking Petition language, it did agree to refine language in its policy and procedure manual to reflect the fact that unlike popular belief, the agency does not require animal tests. Please visit the Mandatory Alternatives Petition (MAP) page for more information.
  • Cruelty Free International logoIn 2012, NEAVS was named the U.S. Executive Office for Cruelty Free International, a global organization and campaign dedicated to ending animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products worldwide. Launched on March 15, 2012, it places animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the first time.
  • In 2014, NEAVS began advocating for the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858) to end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S.