Cruelty-free commitments

Thank you for contacting me with regards to the cruelty-free commitments campaign.


The Government shares the public’s high regard for animal welfare and the UK has one of the best scores on the World Animal Protection Index. The UK has a strong track record on welfare, for example, leading the way on the banning of battery cages for laying hens, sow stalls and veal crates. On top of that, we have banned cosmetic testing, are tackling the international illegal wildlife trade and cracking down on backstreet puppy breeders.


We have also banned testing of household products on animals; this came into effect in October 2015 and covers all finished products – including detergents, polishes and cleaning products, laundry products, air fresheners, deodorants, paints and other decorating materials.


Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.