Don’t Allow Animal Testing for Personal Care Products

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Target: Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator for California

Goal: Prevent the testing of animals that would be required under proposed legislation.

A new regulation would require tests on a minimum of five ingredients in personal care products each year. The proposal permits animal testing as a means of measuring the safety of these products for humans, which will result in harm for the animals and will have little scientific benefit.

According to PETA, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins have proposed a bill that would inspect the quality of different ingredients in cosmetic and hygiene items. While it “encourages” not testing on animals, the Personal Care Products Safety Act doesn’t explicitly forbid experimentation on animals. Since the law will increase the amount of overall testing needed on such products, it will consequentially mean a rise in animal-based experiments.

Testing on animals is inhumane because it is often painful and disregards the freedom and consent of a living creature. There are also many issues with testing on animals even from a scientific perspective. They are not accurate testing subjects because of obvious anatomic and biological differences in humans compared to a mouse or rabbit. Therefore, a human body will react differently to some substances and have a varying degree of reaction, which would make the testing harmful for humans as well as the animals.

With the many advances of modern science, there are alternative methods available to test product safety and reactions. Computer models are capable of predicting the effects of substances, as well as artificial replications of human organs. These alternatives can help prevent unnecessary harm to animals and still ensure that products are safe for human use. Demand that the Personal Care Products Safety Act absolutely exclude the option of animal testing.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Feinstein,

The proposal to regulate ingredients in personal-care products would allow testing on animals, which is inhumane, harmful and doesn’t yield significant scientific results.

Animal testing is not only painful for the subjects, it’s also not an accurate determinant for how a product will affect humans. It is unjustifiable to use animals for testing when there are alternative options available that would not harm animals and still give similar predictions on the safety of these products.

It’s necessary that government officials promote future legislation that completely eliminates animal testing in scientific experimentation. Animals are not disposable objects to manipulate and put through dangerous procedures so that humans can shampoo their hair. We urge that you rewrite the proposed legislation to clearly exclude the option of animal subjects when testing cosmetic ingredients.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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