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What tests are carried out on animals and what are they supposed to prove. Are they effective?

Cosmetics ingredients and substances are dripped into animals’ eyes or smeared on to their skin; animals can also be injected, force-fed or made to inhale these substances. Animals may be injured in the process or suffer the damaging results of the chemicals. Typical effects include inflamed organs, irritated noses and stomach linings, lethargy, breathing problems, stained fur, excessive salivation, and even convulsions and death. The animals are usually killed at the end of days, weeks or even years. The information obtained from these cruel tests is then used in an attempt to demonstrate that a product is safe for human use and in many cases is only 40-60% effective.

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