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Kick animal testing out of the House 2011

Posted: 1 February 2012. Updated: 16 March 2013


Household testing ban commitment

The NAVS’ Kick Animal Testing Out of the House campaign has been long and hard-fought: having achieved a UK ban on cosmetics testing in 1998, followed by a full Europe-wide phase-out from 2009 which is on-going, we’ve been steadily making progress.

Another step forward came in July when the government announced its commitment to ending the testing of household products on animals.

Similar to the great ape and cosmetics bans, the government intends to use licensing powers provided under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. However, they intend to consult with companies currently using animals to establish the anticipated “economic impact”, as well as speaking to other stakeholders on the issue.

This is a positive sign from the Coalition Government at a time when the testing of household products on animals in the UK is relatively low.

It seems unlikely that there would be a significant economic impact on the industry, given that in 2010 only 24 animals were used, and none at all in 2009.

The public backing for such a ban is huge. As we have seen many times in the past, however, a commitment is by no means a done deal.

NAVS will be working to secure the best possible outcome for animals, and encourage the government to make the changes as quickly as possible.

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