Congressman Calls FDA Animal Testing Mandates “Shameful”

19 January 2018 | Newsworthy


Rep. Robert Pittenger meets with WCW and constituents at his Washington, D.C. office

Just weeks after White Coat Waste Project exposed how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to force sunscreen companies to conduct unnecessary, expensive and cruel poisoning tests on animals, Congress is taking action.

As first reported by POLITICO, North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) is challenging the FDA’s misguided decision in a letter to the federal program responsible for facilitating the use of modern alternatives to animal testing. Congressman Pittenger writes:

Reports indicate that the government is apparently refusing to allow sunscreen makers to use modern and cost-effective alternatives to animal testing, and I find this shameful.

Seemingly, the government is imposing needless animal testing burdens that cause companies significant expenses and place them at a competitive disadvantage. According to the GAO, companies argue that such animal testing is unnecessary, would upset shareholders, and potentially prevent them from marketing the products in countries that ban the sale of personal care items tested on animals.

WCW is helping solve this problem by supporting the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act, which would improve the government program responsible for promoting and facilitating the use of alternatives to animal testing by federal agencies and industry.

Stop the government from forcing sunscreen companies to test on animals. Contact Congress and urge it to support the bipartisan FACT Act.

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