MP calls for ban on animal testing for household products

The MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, has joined Cruelty Free International in calling on the Government to carry out its promise, made in 2010, of a ban on testing household products and their ingredients on animals.

Government has yet to make a final decision regarding the ban and now looks likely to do a U-turn, indicating that the ban would only cover finished products and not their ingredients.

Lucas said: “It will be deeply disappointing if the Government fails to take action on this. I am proud that my constituency office is cleaned only with cruelty-free products. It’s time we ended testing these products and their ingredients on animals.”

Michelle Thew, chief executive, Cruelty Free International, commented: “The UK led the way in implementing a ban on animal testing on cosmetics. It is now time to do the same with household products and their ingredients. We thank Caroline for her support and urge the Government to implement this ban as soon as possible and take the cruelty out of cleaning.”

Cruelty Free International recently launched the Clean Up Cruelty – a UK campaign to tackle the issue, backed by brands including Ecover, whose products aren’t tested on animals.

Products bearing Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny mark are certified ‘cruelty free’ under the Humane Cosmetics and Household Products Standards.