UK to end household product testing on animals

Posted on 29 July 2011

“British Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone has voiced the opinion that inflicting pain and suffering on animals to manufacture household products such as washing up liquid, furniture polish, air freshener and bleach etc is unacceptable and could soon be banned in the UK.

The Government has taken a first step towards ending the practice which will ultimately make household products subject to the same rules as cosmetics. The testing of cosmetics or their ingredients on animals has been illegal in Britain since 2008. In future, a condition added to the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act will stop animal testing licences being granted for experiments involving household products, which involve giving animals toxic doses of chemicals or rubbing irritants into their skin. The effects can include vomiting, seizures, internal bleeding and organ damage, following which the animals are killed.”

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