The UK public spends millions of pounds a year on household products, with supermarket shelves and kitchen cupboards dominated by brands from a small number of multinational giant manufacturers.
Cruelty-free companies have shown it is possible to make humane household products without testing on animals. Much safety evaluation now uses computer models, tests with cells, population research, or existing data from related ingredients.
Yet for decades, rabbits, hamsters, rats and mice have traditionally been injected, gassed, force-fed and killed to test the ingredients of everyday household products such as washing up liquid, air fresheners and dishwasher tablets – And all this to test products that everyone knows are not safe for human consumption.
The good news is that ‘finished product’ testing has dwindled to zero in the UK in recent years. In July, Home Office Minister Norman Baker MP re-stated the UK government’s commitment to ending animal testing for household products before the general election in May 2015. However, he said, he was still looking for a solution around ingredients.
OneKind and other animal welfare organisations believe it would be a hollow victory for animals if the promised ban only covered finished product testing. We must ensure that it includes the hundreds of available ingredients that co