Reporter: Dan Cearns
The journey to end the use of animals to test cosmetics began on March 12, as the Animal Rights Collaboration held its Barbaric Beauty event.
There was a clip from a PETA documentary playing, and a bake sale set up in UA atrium. Lush cosmetics had a raffle for a gift basket and a draw where students had the possibility of winning prizes ranging from pens to water bottles and T-shirts.
All proceeds from the event go toward the club itself, but the members were adamant that the event was more about raising awareness of the issue.
“The point of the event is to raise awareness of cosmetic testing on animals,” said Kora MacPhaden.
“To educate people so that they can make choices when they go out to buy your shampoo, bodywash, your makeup so that you question where it came from and how this impacts somebody else.”
According to PETA, about 3 million animals are tested on in Canada each year with about 145,000 of those animals receiving “severe pain at or above the pain tolerance of unanesthetized and conscious animals.”
“Some of the tests done by these cosmetics companies is really cruel,” said Jonathan Bridson. “It’s a breach of ethics towards life in general.”
Along with animal testing, the club also held a petition to end the seal hunt in Canada.
MacPhaden said that the event was started because of their need to be more involved on campus.
“We just needed to do a couple events, so we chose some of the big issues that surround animal cruelty, and animal testing is one of them,” she said.