Target: Yong Zhang, Minister of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)
Goal: Commend China for ending the mandatory animal testing of cosmetics and offering alternative methods
The Chinese government has announced that cosmetics companies will no longer be required to test their products on animals, effective beginning in the summer of 2014. Companies will soon be able to choose whether or not to test on live animals, and Chinese scientists are ramping up research into alternative test methods.
Previously Chinese law dictated that all cosmetics products be tested on animals resulting in about 300,000 live animals undergoing cruel, painful testing in Chinese laboratories each year. China has the fourth-largest cosmetics market in the world, and their reliance on animal testing has kept many international brands from entering the Chinese market. But thanks to strong opposition such as this ForceChange petition demanding the end of mandatory animal testing in China, all that is about to change.
Chinese and foreign companies operating on China’s mainland will now have the option to avoid animal testing if they use ingredients that have already been tested as safe. Further, the Chinese government is reaching out to global institutes and experts to assist in building advanced labs and improving experimental abilities. Chinese scientists who have had limited access to non-animal testing techniques and facilities will see these obstacles removed.
By ending mandatory animal testing in China’s large cosmetics market the needless suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals will end. International cosmetics companies who have stayed away from China’s market because of their opposition to animal testing will be rewarded for staying true to their beliefs. Commend China for ending the mandatory animal testing of cosmetics and for actively pursuing alternative methods for the first time.
Dear Minister Zhang,
Thank you for announcing the end of mandatory animal testing of cosmetics and supporting the use of alternative methods for the first time. Your compassionate decision has allowed cosmetics companies to choose whether or not to test on live animals, and given Chinese scientists access to alternative testing options.
Your decision will end the needless suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals who would have otherwise been forced to undergo cruel, painful testing by cosmetics companies. Further, international companies that have chosen to stay out of China’s enormous cosmetics market can now begin operating in China’s mainland. This will mutually benefit both your domestic markets and their independent businesses, all while ensuring the compassionate treatment of animals.
I sincerely thank you for ending mandatory animal testing and for supporting research into more humane testing methods.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Linda Bartlett via the National Cancer Institute