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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