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Spring Clean for Compassionate Cupboards

Posted: 22 April 2008

Julie Christie, Jenny Seagrove and Wendy Turner Webster back call for a national ‘Spring Clean for Compassionate Cupboards’ this World Laboratory Animal Day

Celebrities Join the National Anti-Vivisection Society In Asking the British Public to ‘Kick Animal Testing Out of the House’

Nationwide – April 24th is World Laboratory Animal Day and to draw attention to the need for further government legislation to protect many animals, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) and its many celebrity supporters have sent out a nationwide call for a cruelty-free spring clean, asking the British people to replace animal-tested goods with cruelty free alternatives for truly compassionate cupboards.

The NAVS wants to raise public awareness of animal testing, but is also calling on the government not to approve any licences to test household products and press for a Europe-wide ban.

Prompted by public opinion, Britain led the way in Europe on the cosmetics testing ban, which means that by 2013 no cosmetic products will have been tested on animals and in an age of safe, scientific and advanced replacement tests there is no reason why a household ban cannot be implemented too.

NAVS has an extensive list of animal-friendly and cruelty-free products so that people can shop for cleaning sprays and liquids with a clear conscience. There are numerous supermarkets and high-street stores on the list, which shows that consumers are becoming more compassionate, and shops are responding.

“It is now easier than ever for the compassionate consumer to buy products that are not tested on animals. So it is obscene that some 6,000 animals will still die in European laboratories this year, just for household products and cosmetics. Says NAVS CEO Jan Creamer. “So we are asking people to take action now – kick animal tested products out of the house and only buy cruelty-free.”

NAVS supporters have been raising awareness for World Laboratory Animal Day with street collections and distributing leaflets that alert people to the suffering of animals for every day products – for example in horrific tests carried out in Scotland, rats choked to death on paint.

Many celebrities are also backing the campaign for compassionate spring clean:

“I whole-heartedly support the call for an end to using household products” Says TV Presenter Wendy Turner-Webster. “I can’t bear the thought of using a cleaning spray which has been approved due to the appalling tests carried out on rabbits and guinea pigs. It’s so easy to check the back of a packet, or tube and see whether it says ‘not tested on animals’. If it does then it’s straight in my shopping basket, but if not then I won’t be putting my pennies in the pockets of those companies.”

Sentiments echoed by esteemed actress Julie Christie: “I support the call for an end to the use of animals for the testing of household and garden products, and for non-animal replacement testing methods to be introduced with all speed. The EU has already led the way by banning animal testing of cosmetic products – let’s now take the next step.”

British actress Jenny Seagrove has also spoken out about the need for a change in legislation: “Each year millions of animals die in laboratories around the world, so I fully support the campaign for an end to the use of animal tests for household and garden products. There are the means available to implement non-animal replacement studies, and this must be the way forward. We simply cannot let animals continue to suffer when the steps can be taken to eradicate cruelty.”

In the most recent Government statistics (2006), the number of household product tests in the UK has dropped to zero, for the first time ever. In Europe, the most recent statistics (2004), show that 7,000 animals are used in household and cosmetics product testing, with the largest users being Spain, France, and Denmark. So household products from these countries, on sale in the UK, will have been tested on animals. The UK Government has never been in a better position to ban household product tests once and for all, and to press Europe for action.

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What happens to the animals?

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

Statistics on Animal Experiments:
UK: ‘Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain, 2006’ Cm7153, Home Office.
Europe: Figures for 2004, in: ‘Fifth Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM/2007/675 final’. 2004 Household Product Tests: Denmark 185, Germany 117, Spain 560, France 299, Poland 37, UK 21. 2004 Cosmetics Product Tests: Spain 75, France 5496,.

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