Target: State of Israel Ministry of Health
Goal: Thank Israel for expanding its ban on cosmetics and cleaning products tested on animals
As of 2013, Israel has joined the European Union in making the import of any cosmetic or cleaning product tested on animals illegal. Earlier this year Israel banned the production of such products but has taken it a step further by not allowing any in the country at all. This is an incredible achievement for animal rights, and the State of Israel deserves our gratitude.
The reasoning behind the law is that “animal testing conducted in the course of cosmetics development entails causing animals great harm.” Israel has been responsible for a number of animal rights victories over the past few years, and this new law is what Eitan Cabel, leader of the Knesset Caucus for Animal Rights, describes as “a genuine revolution in the field of animal rights in Israel.” The Israeli Ministry of Health, which is leading the charge, stated that animal-tested products will still be on the shelves, but no new products will be entering the marketplace. Those remaining available will hopefully be eliminated by the end of the year.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 animals are used in the development of every cleaning and cosmetic product that tests on animals. The majority of these companies are found in the United States—such as Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, and Revlon—and fill the shelves of almost every store across the nation. More countries making the transition to a marketplace free of animal testing will hopefully influence the United States as well as other countries to reconsider the ways in which their products are developed and exported.
Please sign the petition below to thank Israel for standing up for animal rights and leading the way to a world free of cruel testing on defenseless animals.
Dear Israel Ministry of Health,
With your help, Israel recently joined the European Union and several other countries in banning the sale and import of cleaning and cosmetic products that have been tested on animals. This is a remarkable achievement that will not only keep thousands of animals out of laboratories, but also encourage those companies that still test on animals to reconsider how their products are developed. The smaller the market is for such products, the more necessary it will become to make a change.
Thank you so much for your contribution to protecting the thousands of lives that will be used for ends that do not justify the means. We hope that other countries will look to Israel as an example of what animal welfare truly looks like.
[Your Name Here]