Dying for Detergent?
Ask the European Parliament and the European Commission to make Europe a cruelty-free marketplace for household products and their ingredients.
Did you know that dishwasher detergent, furniture polish, air freshener and laundry products may be tested on animals in cruel experiments?
Across Europe, animals such as rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs are used in toxicity (poisoning) tests for finished household products and their ingredients. In these tests, animals have chemicals applied to their skin, injected into their bodies, dripped into their eyes or forced down their throats via a tube. This can cause vomiting, tremors, organ failure, paralysis and even death. Even if the animals survive the tests, they are killed.
It doesn't have to be this way. There are thousands of products and ingredients that have already been proved safe for use in the home as well as an increasing number of humane testing methods which don't use animals and are more reliable. EU policy makers can spring-clean the shop aisles by insisting that only superior, non-animal methods be used to test new household products and their ingredients.
Countries such as India and Israel have already ended animal testing for household products and their ingredients, and the UK plans to ban tests on animals for finished household products by the end of 2015. European policy makers must send a message to the rest of the world that they don't support torturing animals in cruel, toxic tests.
PETA is urging the European Parliament and the European Commission to end the suffering of animals by banning tests on animals for household products and their ingredients and also to prohibit the sale and marketing of any new household products or ingredients within the EU that have been tested on animals.
Write to the presidents of the European
Commission and the European Parliament, and ask for a testing and marketing ban
on household products and their ingredients that have been tested on animals.
This is a template letter – please feel
free to personalise your message before sending it.