The ugly side of the beauty business…

2017 is here and the Coalition is in power. It's time to make the proposed ban happen!

In June 2016 the Coalition Government (Australia) announced that “a re-elected Turnbull Government will ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals. The ban will take effect from 1 July 2017, providing industry and retailers with a defined and reasonable transition period.”

Testing cosmetics on animals has already been banned in the UK, the EU, India, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and several Brazilian states. Many other countries have pledged to introduce similar legislation in the near future. 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.

With your help, Australia will join the growing list of countries that stop torturing animals for 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 support, 35 other Australian groups have endorsed the Petition:

  1. Adore Animals
  2. Animal Justice Party
  3. Animal Liberation NSW
  4. Animal Liberation Queensland
  5. Animal Liberation WA
  6. Australian Rat Fanciers Society
  7. Beagle Freedom Australia
  8. Beagle Rescue Victoria
  9. Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services (BAWCS)
  10. Big Ears Animal Sanctuary
  11. Brightside Farm Sanctuary
  12. C.A.T.S. Cats Assistance To Sterilise Inc
  13. Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses
  14. DeathRowPets Australia
  15. Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary
  16. Freedom for Farmed Rabbits
  17. Friends of the Animals PERTH
  18. Golden Retriever Rescue
  19. Halfway Home Animal Rescue
  20. Humane Society for Animal Welfare
  21. Ingrid's Haven
  22. Jane Goodall Institute Australia
  23. Melbourne Animal Rescue
  24. Monika's Doggie Rescue
  25. National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia (NARGA) Inc
  26. Oscar's Law
  27. Perth Advocates for the Earth
  28. Pound Paws
  29. Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics
  30. Sydney Pet Rescue
  31. The Australian Vegetarian Society (NSW)
  32. The Mark's Ark
  33. The Winged Horse Equine Welfare
  34. ThinkKind
  35. 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 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.

Photo: NZAVS

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for Health
    The Hon. Greg Hunt 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 33,074 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.