Yes! 9 out of 10 Aussies want an end to cosmetic animal testing

The results of Labor's cosmetic testing consultation are in, showing overwhelming public support for a ban on products developed using cruel and unnecessary animal tests.

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PUBLISHED ON: 26 September 2014

If you don't agree with a rabbit having chemicals dripped into her eyes or a rat being force-fed toxic chemicals — all for the sake of a new toothpaste or lipstick — you're not alone.

Labor recently announced the findings from its national public consultation on animal testing. More than 13,000 people made a submission, and the message was loud and clear: 92% of online submissions supported a ban on animal testing for cosmetics!

It was a similar story face-to-face at Labor's public forums. A broad spectrum of the community from schoolkids to seniors, animal advocates, scientists, cosmetic manufacturers and those purchasing cosmetic products were almost universally in favour of a ban.

So, what now?

Animal testing for cosmetics doesn't routinely occur in Australia (although it's not illegal). But many common personal care products from big brands are still developed using cruel animal tests, then imported and sold here.

Labor has received a clear signal from the Australian community that we should urgently take steps to catch up with the European Union and countries like Israel in banning the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetic products.

Proposing any legislative changes will require party support, so Labor has committed to progressing work on this issue, and discussing policy options as the next step.

This commitment from the ALP moves us ever closer towards a future that will spare millions of rabbits, mice, cats, dogs and other animals from terrible suffering.

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How you can help save animals from cruel tests:

  • Take the pledge to only purchase products that are not tested on animals!
  • Check the list at Choose Cruelty Free before buying cosmetics or toiletries, so you know you're supporting brands that don't subject animals to cruel tests.
  • You might be surprised by the household names that still test on animals. Get the list of companies that STILL allow testing on animals.
  • Urge your MP to Support the Bill introduced by the Australian Greens to ban the import and sale of products tested on animals.
  • Sign the 'Australians for Cruelty-free Cosmetics' petition to encourage the Australian Government to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

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