07/19/13 Botox Kills Animals!
Animal Friends condemns the killing of animals in order to get rid of facial wrinkles
- July 21 - Day of Fighting Animal Experiments, anniversary of the rescue of beagles; week of education about Botox
Animal Friends invites everyone to mark the Day of Fighting Animal Experiments on July 21, the anniversary of the beagles rescued from the testing laboratories at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. As members of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), founded by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), we will join the Week of Action against Botox Animal Tests, organized by BUAV from July 22-27, 2013. Animal protection organizations will organize various actions throughout Europe during that week.
Botox tests bring pain and death to thousands of animals, which are exposed to extreme tortures so that humans can get rid of their wrinkles for a short while. Animals die in terrible agony in the notorious, exceptionally painful test of toxicity, the so-called LD50 test, which has been banned in a number of countries and is considered non-scientific even by scientists. It consists of introducing various doses of the poison into animals' bodies by force feeding, injections, or inhalations until half the animals are dead, in order to establish the lethal dose.
The standard Botox test consists of injecting various doses of the poison into the animals' abdomen. The animals suffer excruciating pain and progressive paralysis, stumbling and losing balance until they are no longer able to walk. Some face extreme breathing problems for three or four days before they die of suffocation. In testing the series of products based on the botulinum toxin, around 100 animals are used, which amounts to 100-300 thousand a year in the whole world, which has a propensity to increase. It is appalling that each new series of Botox is tested separately on animals, which means that the number of these "beauty" victims is counted in the hundreds of thousands of agonizing deaths.
Treatments by Botox, a neurotoxin largely used for cosmetic purposes, are becoming increasingly popular in Croatia. Originally used to treat certain medical conditions, Botox owes its popularity primarily to its ability to smoothen facial wrinkles. It is paradoxical that Botox treatments not only have very short-lived results, but actually cause new wrinkles to appear, thus creating a closed circuit of animal suffering in testing laboratories. In this way, a product that is largely used in cosmetic purposes is tested on animals despite the fact that the testing of cosmetics has been banned.
Animal Friends invites everyone to boycott Botox until it is no longer tested on animals, and to buy products that are more efficient and more ethical, namely those that have not been tested on animals. In order to inform the public and to encourage people to buy products by companies from the "White List," Animal Friends has published a new leaflet, which will be distributed at all our info stalls and during public campaigns.