Target: Stephen Ostroff, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Remove the legal requirement that sunscreen must be tested on animals.
Sunscreen must be tested on animals, according to United States law. Sunscreen is an essential product that virtually everyone uses, and requiring that it be tested on animals forces millions of people to be complicit in animal cruelty.
Companies that test their cosmetics on animals will shave rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats and apply their products to the animals’ skin, stick it in their eyes, force them to ingest it, or force them to inhale an aerosolized version of it. The animals are often killed and dissected to assess the products’ effect on their internal organs.
Sunscreen must be tested on animals in the United States because the Food and Drug Administration classifies sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug. In Europe, however, sunscreen is classified as a cosmetic, and Europe’s ban on cosmetic animal testing has been in place for over a decade. There have been no reports of people being harmed by sunscreens in Europe.
Clearly, testing sunscreen on animals is unnecessary. Sign the petition below to encourage the FDA to classify sunscreen as a cosmetic so that it does not have to be tested on animals.
Dear Commissioner Ostroff,
I want to encourage you to reclassify sunscreen as a cosmetic, rather than an over-the-counter drug, so that companies do not have to test their sunscreens on animals. Demand for products that are cruelty-free is rising, but consumers are severely limited in their options when it comes to sunscreens because all sunscreen ingredients must legally be tested on animals. Since sunscreen is an essential product for so many people, consumers are often forced to buy products that have been tested on animals even though they do not want to be complicit in animal cruelty.
In Europe sunscreen is classified as a cosmetic, and testing cosmetics on animals has been illegal in the continent for over a decade. Europeans have never reported any medical issues with their sunscreens. This clearly indicates that testing sunscreen on animals is not necessary.
Animal testing is a cruel practice which causes the suffering and death of innocent creatures. Companies who do not want to participate in such cruelty should be able to test their sunscreens only on human volunteers and sell them in the United States. Please consider changing the classification of sunscreen in order to make this possible.
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