Target: Tonio Borg, European Union Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
Goal: Applaud the European Union for implementing a ban on animal-tested cosmetics.
Animal lovers all over the world have long contested animal testing in the cosmetics industry. After decades of lobbying by animal rights groups, an animal testing ban for cosmetics in the European Union (EU) has been approved. Beginning on March 11, 2013, countries within the EU will ban the import and export of animal-tested cosmetics. Thank the EU for implementing this cruelty-free pledge and setting an example for other nations.
Many cosmetic companies use animal testing methods to assess the safety of new ingredients and products. Animal testing is not required by law to deem a product as safe. However, many companies continue to perform inhumane tests on mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other animals. These tests include, but are not limited to, skin and eye irritation tests and lethal dosage tests.
In skin and eye irritation tests, different chemicals and new products are applied onto bare skin or dripped into eyes. Lethal dosage tests determine the dosage amount of a chemical that would cause death. In order to determine this amount, scientists force animals to swallow large amounts of test chemicals until the animal dies. Pain relief is not provided during any testing processes, and at the end of a test, the animal is killed via asphyxiation or decapitation.
There are many alternatives to animal testing. Cosmetic companies can use ingredients that are already known to be safe for human use, or they can use non-animal tests and modern alternatives. With this new ban implemented, any cosmetic company selling products and ingredients in the EU will not be allowed to test them on animals and will instead rely on alternative testing methods, which have proven to be equally effective.
By signing this petition, you will be praising Tonio Borg for going forward with the ban on animal-tested cosmetic products and ending unnecessary cruelty toward animals.
Dear Mr. Borg,
I would like to applaud you for implementing a ban on animal-tested cosmetic products within the European Union. Thanks to your dedication to this cause, animal-tested products will no longer be sold or bought in EU countries.
As you may know, animal testing is not only cruel, but also unnecessary. There are many alternatives to animal testing. Cosmetic companies can use ingredients that are already known to be safe for human use. There are also non-animal tests that can be used in labs. Given this knowledge, it is unfathomable that cosmetic companies can continue to torture and kill innocent animals. With the ban in place, cosmetic companies that wish to target consumers in the EU must test their products using non-animal testing methods.
Thank you for your commitment to a cruelty-free future. I am hoping that your decision will lead other nations toward a cruelty-free pledge as well.
[Your Name Here]
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