Cruelty-free Sheffield

Sheffield City Council votes to Clean Up Cruelty!

"BUAV, the UK ’s leading organisation campaigning to end animal experiments, is delighted that Sheffield City Council has voted to go cruelty free at its meeting on the 3rd November. The motion was introduced by Councillor Ian Saunders, who supports the BUAV's Clean Up Cruelty campaign which seeks to end cruel animal testing for household products and their ingredients.

Sheffield City Council’s cleaning contractors in schools and civic buildings across Sheffield will now work towards using
only BUAV approved products. Products approved under the BUAV’s Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) and Humane Household Products Standard (HHPS) carry the Leaping Bunny logo, an internationally recognised and patented cruelty free certification.

The BUAV has spearheaded the campaign to end the use of animals in household product testing since March 2008. A high profile and successful campaign, Clean Up Cruelty has already gained widespread support from politicians, retailers and the public. Since its inception, BUAV has taken Clean Up Cruelty around the UK , visiting MPs and politicians to encourage them to make their offices cruelty free. The BUAV’s Clean Up Cruelty campaign also won a huge victory recently, when the Coalition Government pledged to ban the use of animals to test household products in its plan for government.

81% of the public said they support a ban on the testing of household products on animals. Despite public opinion, many ingredients in UK household products have been, and continue to be, tested on animals.

Councillor Ian Saunders said: "I am so pleased that my colleagues from all parties agreed with my Notice of Motion to
get Sheffield Council to become cruelty free. We will now move to buying only cleaning products that are on the BUAV approved list. We will work with our partners to get them to become cruelty free and we will introduce a clause in all future contracts that will ensure that no products used by or for Sheffield Council will have been tested on animals. I hope that other local authorities will now follow Sheffield 's lead and put an end to this barbaric practice".

Sheffield South East MP and former Leader of the Council, Clive Betts, has expressed his support for Sheffield City
Council voting to go cruelty-free. He stated: "I am delighted that Sheffield City Council agreed to the motion put down by Councillor Ian Saunders and I will be urging Government Department and other public bodies to follow suit."

BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: “The BUAV congratulates Sheffield City Council and its residents in
taking this important stance. We urge other councils throughout the UK to adopt a similar position and support our
campaign to end the cruelty and suffering inflicted on animals to test cleaning products."

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