Target: Janet Woodcock, Director for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Goal: Don’t force animals to ingest harmful chemicals in order to test the effectiveness of antibacterial soaps
Current scientific research still has not established a steady link between antibacterial soaps and germ prevention after decades of study. Despite this fact, the United States Food and Drug Administration is demanding that manufacturers test their products for health risks, which will result in the deaths of thousands of laboratory animals.
Animal rights group PETA states, “Hundreds of animals will be force-fed the ingredients or have them applied to their skin before they and their babies are killed and dissected.” These actions are aimed at determining any adverse side effects in humans (such as cancer or birth defects), but are meaningless because of the biological differences between species; also, the lab animals will receive exaggerated doses that would not normally occur in human exposure. Ultimately, any results would be skewed because of these factors and would not accurately prove the safety of these products.
Even though antiseptic soaps do not prevent germs from spreading any better than standard soaps, these innocent animals will be subjected to pointless torture for our “safety.” Never mind that animal testing yields questionable results for products that work; rats and other creatures will be put to death for the sake of unproven merchandise.
Sign the following petition to demand that the FDA cancel its request for mass testing. Manufacturers should prove that antibacterial products work first before even considering this phase. Animals should not be dying due to any sort of testing, let alone testing for ineffective products.
Dear Director Woodcock,
The FDA’s request for antibacterial product testing will cause the deaths of thousands of innocent animals. The U.S. government has acknowledged in the past the lack of correlation between antibacterial soaps and germ prevention despite countless years of study. Nonetheless, you have authorized the lethal testing of these ineffective products on lab creatures.
According to PETA, researchers intend to forcefully feed the ingredients to rats and other animals and then kill them to analyze their remains. This testing, which is aimed at assessing health risks in humans, should not even be in consideration. Not only is animal testing inaccurate due to discrepancies between human and animal biology, but the lab subjects will receive higher doses than typical human exposure; both factors will likely yield inaccurate results, making testing both pointless and cruel.
Because the effectiveness of antibacterial products is unproven, I urge you to cancel your request for mass testing. Killing thousands of animals to certify sketchy merchandise is inhumane and excessive. Please, put the welfare of these animals before financial gain.
[Your Name Here]
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