Animal Testing Ban for Household Products
A fact which many DIYers and home improvement enthusiasts might be surprised at is that many household products from cleaners, to glue and paints are still tested on animals in this country. This is despite the testing of cosmetics on animals being banned in 2008. Now the government has agreed that household goods should come under the same rules as cosmetics.
A statement made by the Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone has made it clear that inflicting harm and pain on an animal in the manufacture of household products was unacceptable.
The government has also said that they will announce a consultation with the companies which produce these items to work out the best way to bring the ban in. However they have admitted that they need to work out how to define a household product.
It is thought that it will take several months before a ban is brought in, but the proposal is part of an overall program led by scientists which is calling for the reduction in testing on animals in research. The program is aiming to find alternatives where possible.
Products which are already cruelty free now carry the “leaping bunny” logo and include many household products sold in DIY stores, proving alternatives are available and possible.