- The Hon. Greg Hunt MPMinister for Health
Ban Cosmetics Tested on Animals!
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:
- Adore Animals
- Animal Justice Party
- Animal Liberation NSW
- Animal Liberation Queensland
- Animal Liberation WA
- Australian Rat Fanciers Society
- Beagle Freedom Australia
- Beagle Rescue Victoria
- Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services (BAWCS)
- Big Ears Animal Sanctuary
- Brightside Farm Sanctuary
- C.A.T.S. Cats Assistance To Sterilise Inc
- 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 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.
Each year millions of animals suffer untold pain, suffering and eventual death while undergoing testing of raw ingredients and final products such as make-up, shaving cream, toothpaste and shampoos.
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.
I the undersigned also request that the Australian Government allocates appropriate funds and support to the continued development of innovative, non-animal alternatives.
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 40,429 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.