The ugly side of the beauty business…
Testing cosmetics on animals has already been banned in the UK, the EU, India, Israel, Norway and New Zealand. 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. In the last year, 34 other Australian groups endorsed the Petition:
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
Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary
Freedom for Farmed Rabbits
Golden Retriever Rescue
Halfway Home Animal Rescue
Humane Society for Animal Welfare
Jane Goodall Institute Australia
Melbourne Animal Rescue
Monika's Doggie Rescue
National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia (NARGA) Inc
Perth Advocates for the Earth
Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics
Sydney Pet Rescue
The Australian Vegetarian Society (NSW)
The Mark's Ark
The Winged Horse Equine Welfare
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 has happened! 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.
Humane, proven and safe alternatives are available right now and significant reforms in banning animal testing have already been implemented in the UK and the EU.
As a consumer of these products, I don’t want to be part of this cruelty and I need your help in effecting legislative change.
I the undersigned request that a standard be introduced under section 81(1) of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth) stating that no cosmetic shall be imported into, or manufactured in, Australia if the final product or its ingredients have been tested on animals.