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August 29, 2013

Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Welcomes Australian Labor Party Pledge to Ban Cruel Cosmetics

Humane Society International

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Be Cruelty-Free, the largest global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics, today congratulated Australia’s Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, on her announcement that a re-elected Labor government would phase out the import and sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals.

Humane Society International and its Australian Be Cruelty-Free campaign partners, Humane Research Australia and Choose Cruelty Free, have been urging the Australian Government to follow the lead of Europe, Israel and India by banning cosmetics animal testing once and for all. Although animal testing for cosmetic purposes is not explicitly required under Australian law and is seldom carried out, neither is it prohibited.

Earlier this summer, HSI Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Director Troy Seidle visited Australia as part of an extensive series of high-level government, corporate and stakeholder meetings throughout the Australasian region. Be Cruelty-Free was instrumental in achieving the recent cosmetics animal testing ban in India, and is leading similar efforts in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Taiwan and beyond.

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