The ugly side of the beauty business…

 

Testing cosmetics on animals has already been banned in the UK and the EU. In Australia we continue to import cosmetics tested on animals even though such procedures are painful, cruel and unnecessary. By allowing these products to be sold in our country we are effectively supporting the animal testing of cosmetics.

 

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF), Humane Research Australia (HRA) and Animals Australia are asking members of the public to join us in petitioning the Australian Government to implement a ban on the sale of all cosmetics that are tested on animals. During 2014, 32 other Australian groups endorsed the Petition:

Adore Animals

Animal Justice Party

Animal Liberation NSW

Animal Liberation Queensland

Animal Liberation WA

Anti-Vivisection Union of SA

Australian Rat Fanciers Society

Beagle Freedom Australia

Beagle Rescue Victoria

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services (BAWCS)

Big Ears Animal Sanctuary

Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

DeathRowPets Australia

Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Freedom for Farmed Rabbits

Golden Retriever Rescue

Halfway Home Animal Rescue

Humane Society for Animal Welfare

Ingrid's Haven

Melbourne Animal Rescue

Monika's Doggie Rescue

Oscar's Law

Perth Advocates for the Earth

Pound Paws

Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics

Sydney Pet Rescue

The Australian Vegetarian Society (NSW)

The Mark's Ark

The Winged Horse Equine Welfare

ThinkKind

Victorian Dog Rescue & Resource Group

 

In 2003 the European Parliament and the 15 member states of the EU passed “The 7th Amendment to the Cosmetics Directive” effectively banning the use of animals in cosmetic testing throughout Europe and the import of any cosmetics being tested on animals – regardless of their country of origin. The EU 2013 deadline for a complete ban on testing cosmetics on animals is approaching fast. The ultimate aim being to replace all animals used in testing cosmetics with alternatives that are already available.

 

Under section 81(1) of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) (“the Act”), the Minister for Health and Ageing has the power to determine the standards for cosmetics imported into, or manufactured in, Australia.

 

Please request that a standard be introduced under section 81 of the Act stating that no cosmetic shall be imported into, or manufactured in, Australia if the final product or its ingredients have been tested on animals.

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    1. Australians: speak up against animal-tested cosmetics by 8 August 2014!

      In 2013, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) made a commitment to run a national consultation on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. ALP invites all Australians to participate in this consultation.

      Written comments are due by Friday 8th August 2014 and any Australian can have their say!

      You can structure your submission in any way you wish. It doesn’t have to be long or complex. Keep to key points that are important to you and, most importantly, keep your submission polite.

      Everything you need can be found in a special page on the Choose Cruelty Free website: http://www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/have-your-say/

      From all of us at CCF, thank you for taking a few minutes to speak up for the thousands of animals that needlessly suffer in agony for the sake of beauty.

      Warm wishes from Liz Jackson and the CCF Team.

      Have Your Say!

      In 2013, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) made a commitment to run a national consultation on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. ALP invites all Australians to participate in this consultation. Written comments are due by Friday 8th August 2014 and any Australian can have their say!

    2. Reached 17,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jo Shaw WA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 hours ago

      Testing on animals for cosmetics is a cruel, selfish, unnecessary practice that needs to stop. Please remove these products from Australian shelves so that we no longer support such cruelty!

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    • Sarah Fozard AUSTRALIA
      • about 8 hours ago

      Testing on animals or exploiting them in any way is evil!

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    • Linda Armstrong AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      I love animals and cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt them.

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    • Sophie Miller YA MUM, AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      I do not want to buy cosmetics that have been tested on animals, and will stop doing so if this animal cruelty continues.

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    • rebecca southern AUSTRALIA
      • 1 day ago

      Animals are suffering needlessly for our vanity, humans need to stop treating other species like objects and realise that they feel pain and emotions too.

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