Target: Teng Jiacai, Vice Minister of the China Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Applaud China for its proposed phase out of certain cosmetic animal testing, and encourage the administration to eliminate all such testing on animals.
Many cosmetic companies are against testing their products on animals. However, selling in China is a huge business opportunity for most cosmetic companies, and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) currently requires that all imported cosmetics be tested on animals. In order to penetrate this booming cosmetic industry, companies are left with a moral decision of whether or not to allow their products to be tested on animals. Hope is on the horizon for these companies, though: China has released information about a proposal to phase out of animal testing.
The proposal is currently focused on ‘non-special use’ cosmetics, which include shampoos and fragrances; it will come into effect on June 1st, 2014. This initial proposal by the CFDA is a positive first step in the movement to ban animal testing in China.
There are many countries and individual companies that frown upon animal testing. This moral stance will surely hurt China, and its future cosmetic exports and imports, if the country does not phase out of animal testing completely. Using animals as a means to our own end will not be the norm forever. China is currently on the right path with this recent proposal. Let the China Food and Drug Administration know that you support this proposal, and encourage the administration to phase out of animal testing completely in a timely manner.
Dear Teng Jiacai, China’s Food and Drug Administration’s Vice Minister,
I am writing to commend your administration’s decision to stop testing ‘non-special use’ cosmetics on animals. This is a promising first step in banning cosmetic animal testing altogether. Many organizations, such as the Humane Society International, are positive that your organization will soon ban cosmetic testing of all sorts, including imported cosmetics. I believe that banning all animal testing is a progressive and moral final objective for the CFDA.
I applaud the proposal to ban certain cosmetic tests on animals. There are many cosmetic companies that are strongly against animal testing, though they desire to break into the Chinese market. Many of these companies struggle with the moral decision of whether to test on animals in order to sell their product in China. I urge you and your administration to strongly consider abandoning the mandatory animal testing of imported cosmetics.
[Your Name Here]
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