The Animal Welfare Act is the law governing the humane care, handling, treatment, and transportation of some animals in particular situations; however, the act doesn't protect animals during an experiment, regardless of how painful or unnecessary it is. The USDA translates the act to exclude birds, all cold-blooded animals, rats and mice bred for research, and farm animals (i.e. horses, cows, pigs) used as food or fiber. Horses and other farm animals are covered if used in experiments, but there are no regulations governing the conduct of an experiment or what the animals must endure during one. The Act has been given poor enforcement as a result of strong opposition from many different groups, including experimenters themselves, as well as USDA's commitment to "serve and protect" the nation's agricultural interests.
If the Animal Welfare Act is supposed to protect the welfare of animals, then how come it barely protects animals used in experiments? Animals used in cosmetic testing sacrifice their lives so greedy businessmen can make money. Blinding rabbits to have a new kind of mascara cannot be justified in my mind!!
Yes, we might need animal testing for medicines, and none of the members of Wild Women are becoming vegetarians anytime soon, but everyone can live without cosmetics. Makeup is not a necessity! If you're not willing to part with your makeup, though, please try to buy cosmetic products that aren't tested on animals (and there are companies that don't test on animals, such as Mary Kay and Clinique Laboratories).
This is something to think about: humans ARE animals, and if we hurt animals, aren't we hurting ourselves?