Practical Issues > Things to Do > Communicate

SAMPLE LETTER: Remember to add your name & address and CHANGE some of the words in order to personalize your letters.  Please forward widely and encourage others to write!

For alternate wording to personalize your letters, as well as additional sample letters you can download, please BOOKMARK this site:
 Mr. Herbert M. Baum Chairman, President, and CEO The Dial Corporation 15501 North Dial Boulevard Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1619 Phone: (480) 754-3425 Online Comments Form: RE: Please adopt the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals!

Dear Mr. Baum:

I am very dismayed to learn that years after the approval of accurate, non-animal test for corrosive chemicals, Dial Corporation is still performing cruel, outdated tests on animals. No law requires animal testing for cosmetics and household products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires only that each ingredient in a cosmetics product be "adequately substantiated for safety" prior to marketing or that the product carry a warning label indicating that its safety has not been determined. The FDA does not have the authority to require any particular product test. Likewise, household products, which are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency that administers the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), do not have to be tested on animals. A summary of the CPSC's animal-testing policy, printed in the Federal Register, states, "[I]t is important to keep in mind that neither the FHSA nor the Commission's regulations require any firm to perform animal tests. The statute and its implementing regulations only require that a product be labeled to reflect the hazards associated with that product."

Testing methods, therefore, are determined by manufacturers. The very unreliability of animal tests may make them appealing to some companies, since these tests allow manufacturers to put virtually any product on the market. Companies can also use the fact that their products were tested to help defend themselves against consumer lawsuits.

Such arguments carry little weight with the more than 500 manufacturers of cosmetics and household products that have shunned animal tests. These companies take advantage of the many alternatives available today, including cell cultures, tissue cultures, corneas from eye banks, and sophisticated computer and mathematical models. Companies can also formulate products using ingredients already determined to be safe by the FDA. Most cruelty-free companies use a combination of methods to ensure safety, such as maintaining extensive databases of ingredient and formula information and employing in vitro tests and human clinical studies.

Spurred by public outrage, the European Union (EU) proposed banning cosmetics tests on animals by 1998; unfortunately, the EU has indefinitely delayed this ban because of complaints by animal-testing companies. But other organizations in Europe have stepped in. For example, after conducting surveys showing that four out of five of its customers are against testing cosmetics and household products on animals, the Co-op, Britain's largest retailer, launched its own campaign urging companies to end such tests.

In the United States, a survey by the American Medical Association found that 75 percent of Americans are against using animals to test cosmetics. Hundreds of companies have responded by switching to animal-friendly test methods. To help consumers identify products that are truly cruelty-free, a coalition of national animal protection groups has developed the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, which clarifies the non-animal- testing terminology and procedures used by manufacturers and makes available a cruelty-free logo for companies that are in compliance with the standard.

The Corporate Standard of Compassion, created by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, provides the highest level of assurance that a product is cruelty-free. I only purchase products from companies that are committed to permanently banning the use of animals in their product safety testing. I will educate my family, friends and business associates about this and encourage them not to purchase any of your products until you implement a permanent policy against animal product testing.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your reply.


Fair Use Notice and Disclaimer
Send questions or comments about this web site to Ann Berlin,