Britain bans animal tests of cleaning agents

July 19th, 2011 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 19 (IANS) To prevent cruelty to animals, the British government has put an end to the practice of animal testing for items such as washing-up liquid, furniture polish and other cleaning materials.

The new ban follows the 2008 ruling making it illegal to test cosmetics on animals, the Daily Express reported Tuesday.

Britain’s Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said that causing pain and suffering to animals to create household goods was totally “unacceptable”.

The banned tests include giving laboratory animals high doses of chemicals or rubbing irritants into skin, which can induce vomiting and seizures. Mice and rats are often used, but tests can also be carried out on rabbits and dogs.

The Home Office also intends to cut the use of animals in all research. But animal tests rose by almost three percent last year.

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