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Cruelty Free International welcomes London Assembly move towards cruelty free cleaning
The London Assembly last week passed a motion supporting Cruelty Free International's campaign to end the use of animals in product testing and calls on the Authority to move towards using Leaping Bunny certified cleaning products.
The motion, which was introduced by Green Assembly Member Jenny Jones and seconded by Labour member Joanne McCartney states: "This Assembly calls on the Greater London Authority, the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade and Transport for London to only purchase cleaning products, where suitable products are available and subject to best value considerations, which have been certified by Cruelty Free International as not tested on animals under the Humane Standards for use in all buildings for which they are directly responsible for cleaning. Where cleaning is conducted on their behalf by an outside contractor, this condition should be added to the next tender specification when it is published."
During the debate yesterday afternoon, Jenny Jones said that the motion would "bring London policy into line with the views of many of our constituents" and Conservative Steve O'Connell said he hoped the motion would spread beyond the Assembly, adding that there is a "need to address the unnecessary testing of household products on animals."
The Greater London Authority joins local councils throughout Britain, which have voted to move towards using cleaning products certified by Cruelty Free International, as being free from animal testing. These councils include Wirral, Cardiff, Sheffield, Stocksbridge, Cerdigion, Edinburgh and Enfield (which became the first council to make the switch to certified products in 2012).
Assembly Member Jenny Jones told Cruelty Free International: "I am delighted that the London Assembly has passed this motion, which marks an important step towards cleaning up cruelty in London and will be welcomed by Londoners. Using animals to test these products is not only unnecessary but it is outdated and cruel, and Cruelty Free International is doing vital work in campaigning to end this practice. "I hope that other councils will join us in making this move."
Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: "Cruelty Free International congratulates the London Assembly for taking this important stance. We urge other local authorities to adopt a similar position and support our campaign to end the cruelty and suffering inflicted on animals to test cleaning products and ingredients."
Products free from animal testing and certified under the Cruelty Free International Humane Household Products Standard carry the Leaping Bunny trademark, an internationally recognised and patented cruelty free certification. Cruelty Free International certified cruelty-free products include those made by Ecosearch and Soluclean.
23rd January 2014