Friday, January 28, 2011

MPs back drive against animal testing-independent

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 the EU, but continue outside Europe.

Many consumers unwittingly UK buy beauty items and toiletries that contain ingredients tested on animals.

An EU-wide ban on the sale of these products is due to come into force in 2013, but there is growing concern that the term could be moved back with more than 10 years.

The problem is that in the course of a lack of adequate alternative methods to test cosmetic chemists.

Both the Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals and the British Union for the abolition of vivisection (Vivisection) urged the Commission not to bow to pressure from industry.

They argue that if the prohibition is delayed, will lead to hundreds of thousands more animals being killed or maimed in product tests beauty.

More than 10,000 supporters signed the petition No cruel cosmetics, Vivisection and the campaign is backed by celebrities including supermodel Jodie Kidd Jenny Seagrove, actress and designer Meg Mathews.

More than 100 MPs now have signed an early day motion (EDM), presented by Caroline Lucas MP, urging the British Government to press for a ban on 2013 be accepted.

Vivisection chief executive Michelle Thew said: "we are delighted that so many members of Parliament have signed the EDM to end cruel animal tests for cosmetic products sold in the European Union. Animal testing is cruel and pointless ".

Consumers can be sure to buy cosmetics without cruelty looking logo of "leaping bunny of Vivisection", said Ms Thew. In addition, they can sign the petition at

Common animal testing for cosmetic products include the placing of caustic chemicals in the eyes of rabbits in detention.

Tests on animals are used to determine the levels of skin irritation, eye tissue damage and toxicity caused by cosmetic ingredients.

Draize test, caustic substances are placed in the eyes of rabbits kept to see how harmful are sensitive to tissue.

Lethal dose (LD) tests are used to discover much of a substance that takes to kill a predetermined fraction of animals.

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