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Kick Animal Testing out of the House: update

Posted: 6 October 2010

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The NAVS Kick Animal Testing out of the House campaign made a major breakthrough this summer, as the Home Office announced the Government’s commitment to ‘ending the testing of household products on animals’.

In a statement applauded by the NAVS, Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office said ‘Work is underway to define the range of products affected and to determine how this can best be achieved. I am not yet in a position to confirm when such testing will be finally brought to an end, but hope to be able to do so shortly.’

Back in 1998, the NAVS fought vigorously and hailed a UK ban on cosmetics testing as a massive victory. This was followed by EU legislation introduced in 2004 and 2009, resulting in the beginning of a phase-out of all animals testing for cosmetics – both the finished products, and any of the ingredients. And though a small number of exemptions apply to the sales ban, these will finally also be completely banned by 2013, whether or not they say suitable alternatives have been found.

This statement was not only the culmination of a 25 year campaign: it also demonstrates that a phased approach to banning animal testing is possible, and achieves real results. The NAVS has written to every MP urging them to ensure this commitment becomes a reality.

Consumer pressure from NAVS supporters, too, has led to the abandoning of most testing of household products on animals: recent Home Office statistics showed that there were no animals used in 2009 to test household products – unlike the 132 used in 2008.

So a big thank you to all our supporters who have been instrumental in this step forward!

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