The Message is Simple: No Animal Tests
Deadline for comments is June 27!
The Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) wants animal testing to be used to determine if certain chemicals found in sunscreen meet the agency’s criteria for being considered safe. These toxicity tests will cause tremendous suffering for tens of thousands of animals, like rats, mice, and rabbits. A battery of several tests will be required, including one in which high doses of chemicals are applied to the shaved skin of rats, every day for two years, and another exposing pregnant and nursing animals to chemicals to measure the effects on their babies’ development.
FDA is relying heavily on the use of animals in this testing, yet it acknowledges in its proposal that data from animal tests are unreliable, stating “Because animal studies do not always predict effects in humans, the actual threshold for an effect in humans may be different…than in the species tested.”
So, wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on safety testing data that is reliable?!
FDA needs to commit to a greater reliance on data obtained without harming animals. It should REQUIRE chemical companies to use widely accepted non-animal methods, such as in vitro testing, clinical studies, and existing data. Additionally, because toxicity testing involves tremendous animal suffering, pain, and distress, chemical companies should provide evidence that a search for alternatives was completed, as required by the Animal Welfare Act.
Tell FDA animal tests are unnecessary!