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MPs back drive against animal testing

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The Independent

MPs back drive against animal testing
By John von Radowitz, PA

Friday, 28 January 2011

More than 100 MPs have backed a campaign to end the sale of cosmetics developed with the help of animal experiments.

Animal testing of cosmetics is outlawed in the UK and EU, but continues outside Europe.

Many UK consumers unwittingly buy beauty items and toiletries that contain ingredients tested on animals.

An EU-wide ban on the sale of such products is due to come into force in 2013, but there is mounting concern that the deadline might be moved back as much as 10 years.

The issue is said to be over a lack of adequate alternative methods of testing cosmetics chemicals.

Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) have urged the European Commission not to bow to industry pressure.

They argue that if the ban is delayed, it will lead to hundreds of thousands more animals being killed or maimed in beauty product tests.


BUAV chief executive Michelle Thew said: "We are delighted that so many MPs have signed the EDM to end cruel tests on animals for beauty products sold in the EU. Testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary."

Consumers can be sure of buying cruelty-free cosmetic products by looking for the BUAV's "leaping bunny" logo, said Ms Thew. They can also sign the petition at

Common animal tests for cosmetics products include placing caustic chemicals in the eyes of restrained rabbits.


In the Draize test, caustic substances are placed in the eyes of restrained rabbits to see how damaging they are to sensitive tissue.

Lethal Dosage (LD) tests are used to find out out much of a substance it takes to kill a predetermined fraction of animals.

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