Cruelty Free International heads to Downing Street to urge Government to uphold its pledge on ending cruel animal tests for household products


Leading UK organisation, Cruelty Free International, will today deliver a petition calling upon the Government to keep its promise to ban the use of animals to test household products.

Tens of thousands of signatures have been collected as part of the Clean Up Cruelty campaign requesting the Government makes good on the 2011 announcement by the then Home Officer Minister that promised the ban would also include the ingredients that go into making up the product as well as the finished household product itself.

Rabbits, hamsters, rats and mice have traditionally been injected, gassed, force-fed and killed to test the ingredients that go into everyday household products such as washing up liquid, air fresheners and dishwasher tablets. Cruelty Free International made a detailed submission in October 2013 to the Home Office outlining how the Government can fulfil its pledge to end animal testing on household products and their ingredients. It also runs the globally recognised Leaping Bunny programme which certifies companies which demonstrate that their household products, and ingredients, are free from animal tests.

Since the launch of Clean Up Cruelty, our campaign has been widely supported by the public, celebrities, politicians and local Councils across the UK. We have convinced them to make the switch to compassionate cleaning by using Cruelty Free International certified products in their offices and homes.

Our campaign successfully convinced the Liberal Democrats to include a household products ban in their 2010 General Election manifesto, and this was included in the Coalition Government’s Programme for Government.

With the support of MPs from all political parties, we have repeatedly called on the Government to implement a full ban on the use of animals in tests for household products. Yet despite this, the Government so far has refused to honour its pledge.

Cruelty Free International CEO, Michelle Thew, said: “The UK led the way in ending animal testing for cosmetics and, in 2010, the Government announced it would do the same for household products. Yet over three years later we are still waiting for this promise to be fulfilled. We are here today in order to request the Government honours its pledge, which would save the lives of countless animals from cruel tests for cleaning products. It’s time for the UK to Clean Up Cruelty.”

The campaign already has cross-party support and Cruelty Free International will continue to press for a complete ban via their Clean Up Cruelty campaign.

Photo from L-R: Kelvin Hopkins MP; Michelle Thew, CEO; Carla Owen, Head of Campaigns; Dr Nick Palmer, Director of Policy.