Animal Testing

Animal Testing

There are three videos to choose from to learn about the ethics of using animals in scientific research.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second two will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or all!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project. 

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz.

WARNING: Sometimes learning about animal testing is hard. This block might not be appropriate for everyone. If you are easily upset by ideas around animal testing, then you should check with your grown-ups before going any further. Some of the content includes emotionally difficult material.

Take A Deeper Dive!

A Buddhist monk shares his views on caring for animals.

Richard Dawkins (an Evolutionary Biologist) discusses why and how animals feel pain, and how this relates to our ideas and ethics around using animals in science.

Activities

Investigate the products in your home

Do you know if the products you use have been tested on animals?

The Leaping Bunny logo represents a company’s commitment to non-animal testing of products, and any company using the logo must go through strict checks to ensure all ingredients used are cruelty-free. While there are also other standards, the Leaping Bunny is the only standard that is available internationally.

Take a look around your house and make a list of all the products that show the leaping bunny logo. If you’re tech-savvy, then you could ask an adult to download the Leaping Bunny’s Cruelty-Free app.

Are you surprised by the number of products on your list? 

Choose one product that does not have the leaping bunny logo. Can you think of an alternative?

Write or video a summary of your findings.

Include your list and your summary in your portfolio.

Image credit: Leaping Bunny logo from the leapingbunny.org.

Write A Leaping Bunny Letter

Write a letter to a company that is not Leaping Bunny approved

Use this template from Leaping Bunny to write to a company and request they consider joining the program. 

Include a copy of your letter in your portfolio.

Project(s)

Create A Video About Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Create a video explaining your stance on using animals for cosmetic testing.

Using the resources below, along with the ideas you have developed so far, to decide whether you are for or against the use of animals for the testing of cosmetics.

Make a note of all your ideas using this template from timvandevall.com.

Video your speech and include a copy in your portfolio.

Create a Presentation on Alternatives to Animal Testing

Create a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation on the alternatives to using animals for testing.

With many countries bringing in legislation to prevent testing on animals for cosmetic use, globally we have had to look for alternatives.

Research the alternatives to using animals and create a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation of your findings. Remember to include the names of the alternatives and a brief description of how they work. You may also be able to include a list of pros and cons for each.

You may find this article from CrueltyFreeInternational.org useful .

Include a copy of your presentation in your portfolio.

Advanced Project(s)

Choose at least one.

Write An Essay – ‘Testing Cosmetics on Animals’

Read this supporting document from Essaypro.com, or watch the accompanying video, to help you organise your essay. 

Do the research and create notes of what you want to include in your outline. The video above will provide you with some ideas both for and against the use of animals. Then, write the essay. Be sure to use a tool like Grammarly to help improve and edit your writing.

Upload your essay to your portfolio.

Create an Animal Testing Science Notebook Page

Create a science notebook page on Animal Testing in Cosmetics to summarise your knowledge and thoughts. You may want to include:

Vocabulary:

Pay attention to any new vocabulary you encountered. Write down the new words and their definitions.

Questions:

What else would you like to know? Record any questions you have that remain unanswered. Take the time to research further and find the answers. Record those in your notebook.

Summary:

Write, or create a video recording, summarizing what you learned.

You may wish to consider some or all of the following, plus anything else you want to add: What animals are used in cosmetic testing? Why? How? Are there alternatives? Are there positive and negative aspects to testing cosmetics on animals? 

Keep your science notebook page for your portfolio.

Books

Read Aloud Book(s)

Come to Social Justice Summer Camp!

Animal testing is part of the Social Justice Summer Camp, July 12-16! There’s still time to join!

Missed the camp? Don’t worry! There are more camps coming and we’ve got regular social justice groups meeting all the time. Join us!

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