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, 35 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

Friends of the Animals PERTH

Golden Retriever Rescue

Halfway Home Animal Rescue

Humane Society for Animal Welfare

Ingrid's Haven

Jane Goodall Institute Australia

Melbourne Animal Rescue

Monika's Doggie Rescue

National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia (NARGA) Inc

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


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.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for Health
    The Hon. Sussan Ley MP
  • Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Minister for Rural Health
    Senator Fiona Nash

    Animals Australia, Choose Cruelty Free, Humane Research Australia, Adore Animals, Animal Justice Party, Animal Liberation NSW, Animal Liberation Queensland, Australian Rat Fanciers Society, Beagle Freedom Australia, Beagle Rescue Victoria, BAWCS +26 More! started this petition with a single signature, and now has 30,951 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.