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.
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.