It’s been a while since I’ve joined in with the weekly Visual Dare writing prompt, but the image below arrested me and I found that the story I wrote in response to it took me down a different road to where I thought I’d go. I didn’t feel like writing any uncanny valley stories, so here we are with animal testing instead. You can read my other VisDare entries here.
It’s a horrible fact that many high-end cosmetics companies around the world – such as Clarins, Dior and others – still test on animals. Thankfully here in the EU (and Israel) there’s a total ban on animal testing for cosmetics but these are the only safe places in the world for animals unfortunately. You can find links and resources about the facts of animal testing down below after the Alice Cooper video.
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Animals Don’t Feel Pain
(word count: 133)
As a child, my youngest daughter loved that Alice Cooper song Poison. She called it ‘the witchy song’ and demanded we play it on loop whenever we were in the car. It should’ve made sense to us that she’d go into cosmetic science after all those years of university, but honestly, it was a bit of a shock.
She’d never been into makeup, we kept saying. Dark horse, we’d agree. The neighbours would nod into their teacups.
A few weeks later I learned that there’s fish scales in cosmetics. And chicken bone marrow. I started reading up, doing my research. Phrases like eye corrosion, lethal dosages, shaved skin. More and more words. More practices. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that my Poison-loving daughter went into cosmetics testing. It shouldn’t have been.
Poison by Alice Cooper
Animal testing facts and resources
- Creating a cruelty free world (Infographic)
- Cosmetic and product testing (the Humane Society)
- Fact Sheet: Cosmetic testing (the Humane Society)
- 11 myths about animal testing (Do Something)
- Fighting animal testing
Warning: graphic images
Graphic scenes of a performance artist undergoing animal laboratory tests in the window of Lush Regent Street London, to raise awareness of our worldwide Fighting Animal Testing campaign and EU petition.