Schaeffer told The Dodo that because mice and rats aren't protected by Animal Welfare Act, companies using these animals aren't required to submit their numbers to the USDA. Click here for an AAVS description of methods of tests, including eye irritancy, skin corrosivity and neurotoxicity.
In an effort to provide a framework for the concerned consumer, the Leaping Bunny Program - or more specifically, the Leaping Bunny logo (yes, it's an actual drawing of a leaping bunny) - entered the picture. Established by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, a group of eight organizations including the HSUS and AAVS, the Leaping Bunny program aims to create an independent standard for animal-friendly products.
To become certified by Leaping Bunny, companies must adhere to "The Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals," which requires that no new animal testing occur at any stage of development. The company's suppliers must also make the same pledge. Furthermore, "all Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits," says the website. However, Paschen notes only a dozen companies are audited annually.