Beauty Is Pain

Allison Rossi

Animals are tortured, horrified, and massacred on a daily basis. Most humans do not think of this in their everyday life; women usually think more about their appearance on a daily basis.

A typical morning for females usually begins as follows: She goes to the mirror in the morning and stares at herself and gets her outfit ready for the day. She then applies her Revlon foundation and her Maybelline mascara but theres something else missing. She realizes she forgot her Mac lipstick. She then applies a thick coat of her ruby red lipstick to make her lips plump and luscious.

All thoughts rushed through her head this morning about how pretty and good she looked. The thought that did not cross her head, however, was how many animals died due to the cosmetics she wears everyday to make her feel beautiful. 

Beauty is pain is an absolutely true statement.  PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) explained that cosmetic companies such as Revlon, Maybelline, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and L’Oreal endure pain to animals on a daily basis.

According to, over 100 million animals are subjected to animal testing in United States’ labs each year. These animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in various horrid ways.  Animal abuse in the United States needs to be abolished.

These animals are not only corrupted by cosmetic companies but by drug testing and other scientific studies. Many say that animal testing is beneficial for the well-being of the public but that is not the case. The statement “if we didn’t use animals we would have to test new drugs on people” is mentioned a lot. Other frequent statements that are said are “Medical students have to dissect animals” or “The studies the animals are enduring aren’t painful they numb the animals first.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that 92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they do not work and they are dangerous.  Half of the small amount of drugs that are eligible for human use are relabeled due to the side effects that were not detected on the animals during the experiments.

Contrary to popular belief, medical students are not required to dissect animals. In fact prestigious colleges such as Yale, Harvard and Stanford do not have animal dissections during their students medical training.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine noted: “Out of  the 141 allopathic and 30 osteopathic medical schools in the United States, all but three schools have eliminated the use of animals in medical student courses. Almost all the remaining schools have only one or very few animal lab courses, and the number of schools still using animals continues to decline each year”

Even under the protection of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) animals are still subjected and forced to endure being poisoned, burned, starved, brain damaged, restrained, crippled and other ways of unethical torture. And on top of what they are put through, these animals have no pain relief either.

Animal testing in the United States and around the world can be stopped in its tracks with one simple solution: the consumer! If a massive amount of people begin to boycott companies that resort to animal testing they will be forced to change their ways of the creation of their products.

We have more of a voice than one thinks. We, the consumers, can put an end to this unethical horrific journey of animal testing. Speak up for the animals that cannot speak for themselves! The ruby red Mac lipstick does not justify the ruby red blood shed of these innocent animals.