Dying for Detergent?
Ask the UK to End Animal Testing for Household Products
Did you know that dishwasher detergent, furniture polish, air freshener and laundry products all contain chemicals that may be tested on animals in cruel experiments?
Every day around the world, animals such as rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs are used in toxicity (poisoning) tests for chemicals which may be used in household products. In these tests, animals have chemicals applied or injected into their skin, dripped into their eyes or forced down their throats via a tube to check for effects such as vomiting, tremors, organ failure, paralysis and even death.
It doesn't have to be this way. Progressive countries such as India and Israel have banned household product testing on animals. Now we're asking the UK to do the same.
Following the welcome ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the EU, ending animal tests for household products is the next logical step – and would save countless lives. There are thousands of ingredients that have already been proved safe for use in household products as well as an increasing number of alternative testing methods for new ingredients which don't use animals and are more reliable.
There's no excuse for allowing these cruel experiments to continue. The government promised it would ban them but is now stalling. In the meantime, animals are still suffering in laboratories in painful toxicity tests every day.
Write to the Home Office minister responsible for animal experiments, Mr Norman Baker, and ask for a ban on animal testing for household products and their ingredients.
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