Ban Cruel Cosmetics Testing on Animals

No Animal Testing

Target: Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

Goal: End the cruel and inhumane use of animals in cosmetics testing.

The United States is the number one animal testing country in the world. Thousands of mice, guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits are poisoned, burned, and blinded every year in these tests. Pain relief is rarely provided and the animals are killed at the conclusion of the test, usually by asphyxiation, neck breaking, or decapitation.

Animal testing is cruel and inhumane. There are viable alternatives available to test for skin sensitization, eye irritation, oral toxicity, and inhalation toxicity among others. The animals are subjected to invasive procedures and substance applications on shaved or irritated skin.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as “articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.” The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not require animal testing to prove cosmetic safety.

Testing on animals is used for new, untested ingredients to determine safety. However, cosmetic companies could choose to use ingredients that have a history of being safe. They could use existing non-animal tests or develop new non-animal testing. Computer modeling can deliver human-specific results in days, rather than the months or years it takes for animal test results. Non-animal testing is also generally more cost effective. Animals used in cosmetic testing are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act.

Even the FDA believes that companies should consider the use of scientifically valid alternative methods prior to the use of animals. They support the development and use of alternative testing as well as adherence to humane methods of testing. Cosmetic testing on animals should be abolished due to the fact that animals are fundamentally different from humans. Our bodies can respond differently when exposed to the same chemicals. Basically, animal testing is expensive and imprecise.

Europe, Israel, and India have already banned cosmetic testing on animals. The United States should do the same. By signing this petition, you will urge the FDA to ban the use of cosmetics testing on animals. Sign the petition and save an animal from being burned, poisoned, blinded, or killed.


Dear Commissioner Ostroff,

Europe, India, and Israel have banned cosmetics testing on animals, yet the United States remains the number one animal testing country in the world. Lab animals are burned, poisoned, and blinded without the pain relief, all for the benefits of beauty.

Animal testing is cruel and inhumane, especially when there exists viable alternatives such as computer modeling and using ingredients already deemed safe. Computer modeling has also proven more efficient and reliable than testing on non-human species.

Animals tested in labs are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act and are often treated with callous disregard. We, the undersigned, urge you to ban the use of animal testing for all cosmetics. Please treat our animals humanely and stop the torture inflicted on them in labs.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    test on people assholes!!!!!!

  2. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration: Have the “high ranking people” in this food and drug administration tried self-testing??? Perhaps they should. This way they would find out mice, guinea pigs, rats, rabbits and others feel when they are poisoned, burned, and blinded every year in these barbaric tests. C’mon guys, give it a try.
    Please treat our animals humanely and stop the torture inflicted on them in labs.

  3. end all cruel animal testing now= use simulators and save lives now.

  4. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    How is the US Gov’t supposed to fight technologically sophisticated terrorists when they are still so backward that they test on animals? Scary!

  5. barbara howarth says:

    What year do we live in?? Really animal testing….in this day and age you would think they woudl come up with a different way. But cruel humans have to torture the animals, how about the humans who wear the make up….let them test it on them.

  6. It’s now time for the morons who test on animals to evolve.

  7. I so sign and share every single petition for animal rights and justice for abused animals.Send them all my way…..please help stop the madness

  8. Lone Schou Andersen says:

    It is so cruel!!

  9. Gertruida Wessels says:

    Please mention the companies still doing this so people can be aware and not use their products anymore

  10. Using animals for research is not only unethical, but scientifically unjustifiable — we have valid alternatives in research from computer modeling & epidemiological studies to cell & tissue cultures, which are available & replace the use of animals completely & permanently — in addition, there exist human-based methods such as medical simulation, which is documented to provide equivalent or superior training compared to the use of animals. Making the switch to SIMULATION is the right thing to do.

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