Target: China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)
Goal: Stop mandatory cosmetic animal testing in China
Animal testing for cosmetics has been on the decline over the past decade. Several countries have already placed bans on the practice. The real problem, however, lies in china where it is actually mandatory that all cosmetic products are tested on animals. This must be stopped immediately so that we can finally put an end to the cruel and unnecessary practice of cosmetic animal testing.
Cosmetics companies who want to sell their products in China, regardless of where the company is located, must first test on animals. China is one of the largest markets in the world for corporations that deal in beauty products and, unfortunately, even those brands located in places like the European Union where there is a ban on cosmetic animal testing, still sell their products in China because they can’t lose out on such a significant market. The Chinese beauty market really is the last step to a successful global end to cosmetic animal testing. Fortunately, some of the companies choosing to remain in China have tried to pressure the government and, as a result, China is considering abolishing the law as early as next year.
California, New Jersey, New York, and the entire European Union have already banned cosmetic animal testing. Some of the tests animals must endure for the sake of beauty products are skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits, force-feeding studies that can last months to look for signs of illness, health hazards, cancer or birth defects, and lethal dose tests in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death.
Cosmetic testing is responsible for some of the most cruel and unnecessary experimentation on animals and must be stopped. Please sign the petition below and demand that China follow through and end this horrific mandate on animal testing.
China remains on of the largest markets in the world for beauty products and sadly, is the only country in the world that requires all of its cosmetic products to be tested on animals. Several states within the United States and the entire European Union have already abolished such practices in the hope that it will lead to a global ban on these horrible and unnecessary experiments.
The Chinese market is the biggest hurdle remaining in making this a reality. Forcing animals to endure such cruelty for something as insignificant as makeup and beauty products is a travesty and must be stopped. Please abolish the law requiring animal testing so that the world can right this injustice.
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