Testing of New Cosmetics Ingredients on Animals

An Early Day Motion (EDM) is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons – few are actually debated but instead they are used, for example, to draw attention to campaigns.

EDM 1242 relates to the testing of new cosmetics ingredients on animals and was sponsored by Caroline Lucas (Green Party leader and Brighton Pavilion MP) on 10th January 2011. This is the EDM’s text:

“That this House notes that the 7th amendment to the Cosmetics Directive (Directive 76/768 EEC) prohibits the testing of new cosmetics ingredients on animals within the European Union from 2009 and the sale of cosmetic products containing ingredients tested on animals outside the European Union from 2013; is concerned that the European Commission is currently assessing the possibility of proposing a delay to the 2013 deadline, even though thousands of existing cosmetics ingredients can safely be used and reformulated to create new products without any need for additional animal testing; recognises that the test and sale bans were introduced in response to overwhelming public opposition to the use of animals to test cosmetics; supports the ethical objective of ending testing on animals of cosmetic products and ingredients; and calls on the Government to take all necessary steps to maintain the 2013 deadline.”

Go Cruelty Free

On 16th January, I e-mailed my MP, Mark Reckless, asking him to support the EDM.  By 31st January, Mark Reckless had neither signed the EDM nor replied to my e-mail so I requested he inform me of his position on the EDM.

By 20th February, Mark Reckless had still neither signed the EDM nor replied to my e-mails so I requested he inform me of his position on the EDM as soon as possible – I received a read receipt for my e-mail on 21st February.

At the time of writing, 139 MPs had signed the EDM but not one of the signatories was a Medway MP.

Caroline Lucas entered parliament for the first time with Medway’s MPs and has, at the time of writing, signed 376 EDMs; by contrast, Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood) has signed 36, Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham) has signed 0 (yes, none) and Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford) has signed 37.

Whilst the signing of EDMs is not the only indicator of how an MP is serving his/her constituents, it is an indicator.

I hope Mark Reckless will respond to my e-mails.

To learn more about the campaign opposing the testing of new cosmetics ingredients on animals, please visit www.nocruelcosmetics.org/.

David M. Davison

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