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July 21, 2014

Australians Urged to Get Lippy About Animal Tested Cosmetics in Labor Consultation

Humane Society International

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MELBOURNE — Australia’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign is urging citizens to participate in a new Labor Party public consultation on animal testing for cosmetics. Be Cruelty-Free wants to see an Australian ban on such testing as well as a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics animal-tested abroad. Such a ban would bring Australia in line with the European Union, Norway, Israel and India, all of which have banned cosmetics cruelty.

Hannah Stuart for Be Cruelty-Free Australia, said: “Testing cosmetics on animals by dripping chemicals in their eyes or force feeding them with massive, lethal doses, is not only cruel but also scientifically discredited because the results of such tests are simply not sufficiently relevant to people to assure consumer safety. Opinion polls show that the vast majority of Australians oppose such testing but now everyone has a chance to speak up and make their voice heard. So we’re urging Aussies to get lippy about animal testing for shampoo and mascara, by going online and taking part in Labor’s consultation. Just a few clicks could help end cosmetics cruelty.”

Australian citizens anywhere in the world can take part by going online before the 8 August deadline. Download Be Cruelty-Free Australia’s handy guide to completing the online form.

Learn more and then comment by 8 August to help animals.

A 2013 public opinion poll by Nexus Research found that the overwhelming majority of Australians (85 per cent) oppose using animals to test cosmetics, with 80 per cent supporting a national ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals abroad.

Banning animal-tested cosmetics in Australia is in tune with the growing global trend towards ending cosmetics animal testing. In addition to the bans already in place across the EU, India and elsewhere, legislative proposals are also being actively considered in Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United States and Vietnam.

Animals aren’t the only ones set to benefit from a ban, points out Be Cruelty-Free’s Hannah Stuart. “Nobody should be under any illusions about these animal tests. We’re not talking about sophisticated science here, many of these tests are decades old and have well known scientific weaknesses due to species differences. Common sense dictates that mice and rabbits are not mini people, and when subjected to the same chemicals we can react very differently. That makes regulating cosmetics based on animal test results highly questionable and so consumer safety would be improved by ditching these dodgy tests in favour of more reliable methods.”

Safe existing ingredients are the key. Hundreds of companies — including LUSH, Natures Organics, MooGoo, Australis, and many others — have sworn off animal testing, yet still produce new, safe and fabulous beauty products. They do so by using long-established ingredients combined with state-of-the-art non-animal tests that can produce faster, cheaper and more relevant test results.

Download the Be Cruelty-Free guide here and click here to take part in the cosmetics animal testing public consultation today.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Hannah Stuart: Be Cruelty-Free Australia Campaign Coordinator
P: 03 8823 5705 M: 0407 193 526
E: hannahstuart@humaneresearch.org.au
T: @BeCrueltyFreeOz

Be Cruelty-Free Australia is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, there are Be Cruelty-Free campaigns in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

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