MEP Updates Hundreds Of Scots On Non Animal Testing Laws

08 November 2006
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has this week written to hundreds of Scots who've petitioned him to support European plans that will clamp down on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

Proposals on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals known as REACH will be debated by MEP's in the next few weeks.

The petition, which Mr Smith signed himself in July, is been organised by cosmetic firm LUSH.

Speaking on the issue Mr Smith said,

"I wholeheartedly support the efforts of LUSH to bring this issue to the attention of their customers and congratulate them on taking such a strong stance on the issue.

"I've been delighted to update the hundreds of people that have contacted me on the progress of these proposals in the European Parliament.

"There is no doubt that the continued practice of testing cosmetics on animals is unnecessary and I and my colleagues in the European Parliament are lobbying for REACH to go even further to bring this to an end.

Mr Smith continued,

"This is one of the most important pieces of legislation in Europe at the moment because it will not only deal with animal testing it will also set down a duty of care by industry for the safety of all chemical products, introduce aid for small firms to apply the REACH regulations and strengthen the role of the European Parliament in the European Chemicals Agency.

Andrew Butler, Campaigns Manager for Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics added,

"We cannot sanction legislation which would mean misery, suffering and death for 45 million animals, which is the danger we face with REACH.

"Thankfully Alyn Smith and other compassionate MEPs are doing all they canto ensure that animals are kept out of REACH, enabling companies such asLush to continue making cruelty-free cosmetics, which is what we and theBritish public want, while ensuring consumer safety by mandating the use ofreliable non-animal tests methods, something Lush have been doing foryears."