Hertfordshire MEP Alex Mayer was awarded the inaugural Parliamentarian Award by Cruelty Free International on a visit to HOWND.
The Euro MP was presented with the accolade after leading the Body Shop’s national campaign calling for the United Nations to adopt an international convention that will end animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients across the world by 2020.
Their petition has now reached over 5.5 million signatures.
The Labour MEP met with HOWND’s directors Jo Amit and Mark Hirschel, along with office hounds Laila and Roxy, who will present her with the award and explain about their plans to bring more cruelty-free dog products to the market, including shampoos and flea-repellents.
Ms Mayer said: “I’m delighted to receive this award. I have been really pleased to work closely with Cruelty Free International and the Body Shop on their campaign for a global ban on animal testing for for cosmetics.
The trio will also call on all pet owners to play by the same rules for their pet pampering products, as she receives the award.
She continued: “The ban works in Europe - it can work worldwide too. That’s why I speak out for the rights of animals.”