Sir.-Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics wants to thank the many people in Basingstoke who helped us fight against a new piece of European legislation that would have seen the poisoning of millions of animals in painful experiments.

More than 80,000 postcards were signed in Lush stores, asking MEPs to spare animals from a new piece of chemical safety legislation called REACH (Registration Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals).

This month, REACH comes into force, and we have some good news. Thanks to the efforts of compassionate consumers and animal advocacy groups who petitioned for changes to the legislation, 35 million rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals will be saved from these cruel and unnecessary experiments after amendments to the bill were accepted.

Your efforts have made a world of difference, but unfortunately the legislation still means that millions of animals will be tested on.

So our work is far from over and Lush will be again calling on you for help in the near future as REACH moves ahead.

Thank you so much for giving a voice to animals who so often need caring people to speak up on their behalf.

-Andrew Butler,
campaigns manager,
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics,