The motion, which was introduced by Councillor Lesley Rennie and seconded by Councillor Ian Lewis who support the BUAV's Clean Up Cruelty campaign which seeks to end cruel animal testing for household products and their ingredients, requested officials to report back on the availability and costs of using supplies from producers who do not test on animals states: “This Council welcomes the commitment by the Coalition to ban the use of animals to test household products. This Council supports the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in its campaigning to end animal experiments by purchasing, for use in all buildings for which Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council is directly responsible for cleaning, only cleaning products which have been certified as not tested on animals under the Humane Standards. Where cleaning is conducted on behalf of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by an outside contractor, this condition will be added to the next tender specification when it is published.”
Councillor Ian Lewis told the BUAV: “Testing household products on animals is unnecessary, and I am pleased that the Coalition Government is committed to banning the practice. It’s good that Wirral has been able to pass this motion and state our support for the BUAVs campaign, and I look forward to Wirral council becoming cruelty free as quickly as possible”
Wirral Council joins Cardiff, Sheffield, Stocksbridge, Cerdigion, Edinburgh and Enfield Councils, which have all voted to move towards using cleaning products certified free from animal testing by the BUAV.
Products free from animal testing and certified under the BUAV’s Humane Household Products Standard carry the Leaping Bunny trademark, an internationally recognised and patented cruelty free certification. BUAV certified cruelty-free household products include those made by Marks & Spencer, The Co-op, Superdrug, Astonish, Method, Bio-D and Faith in Nature.
The BUAV has spearheaded the campaign to end the use of animals in household product testing since March 2008. The Clean Up Cruelty campaign has already gained widespread support around the UK from politicians, councils, retailers and the public.
The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: “The BUAV congratulates Wirral Council in taking this important stance. We urge other Councils to adopt a similar position and support our campaign to end the cruelty and suffering inflicted on animals to test cleaning products."
Find out how you can support the BUAV to Clean Up Cruelty.