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BUAV presses for faster Government action on animal testing ban for household products

18th July 2011

The BUAV has today welcomed the Government's reaffirmation of its intention to ban testing on animals for household products. The affirmation was made in a statement by Home Office Minister, Lynne Featherstone. However, we are concerned by the continued uncertainty about which products will be covered and the absence of a firm date to implement the ban.

The BUAV has spearheaded the campaign to end the use of animals to test household products. Our Clean up Cruelty campaign has gained widespread support around the UK from politicians, councils, retailers and the public who have pledged to only use cleaning products which are free from animal testing .

All household products made by the Co-operative, Marks and Spencer, Astonish, Method, Bio-D, Suma and Faith in Nature have been approved under the BUAV's internationally-recognised certification, the Humane Household Product Standard. This clearly illustrates that it is possible to sell safe and effective household products without inflicting pain and suffering. We urge the Government to implement a ban on animal testing, for both final products and their ingredients, as soon as possible. It is unacceptable for animals to continue to suffer and die for a new washing up liquid or air freshener.


1. The BUAV's Humane Cosmetics and Household Products Standard is recognisable by the Leaping Bunny trademark, an internationally recognised and patented certification. Certified companies must open up their supply chain to a robust but straightforward audit. The process ensures that neither the product nor any of its ingredients have been tested on animals at any stage of the manufacturing cycle since a fixed cut off date. For more information on the auditing process and a list of certified companies visit

2. Currently in the UK, animals can be used in cruel and painful experiments to develop products such as washing-up liquid, laundry detergent, furniture polish and air freshener. Such experiments include toxicity tests where animals may be force-fed high doses of substances or have a chemical rubbed into their shaved backs. The effects can be appalling and include vomiting, seizures, internal bleeding and organ damage. Even when the test is not fatal, animals are routinely killed afterwards.

3. Animal tests for household products are not specifically required by law: to market a product a company must demonstrate its safety, but this can be done (amongst other ways) by using approved non-animal tests and combinations of existing ingredients that have already been established as safe for human use.

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