It is illegal in Australia to test cosmetics on animals. But consumers may be surprised to learn that many popular products in supermarkets have been tested on animals. This is because there is no law to prevent Australian and international companies from carrying out cruel animal tests overseas before selling their products here.
In 2009, the European Union introduced legislation to phase out the testing of cosmetics on animals throughout Europe. This law also prohibits the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals, no matter where they are produced. The total ban on animal-tested cosmetics came into effect across Europe in March 2013. This ban is predicted to have a major effect on manufacturers who will need to cease testing on animals in order to continue selling their products.
There is no reason why Australia cannot follow Europe's lead and support their policy by introducing a similar ban. Everyone — Australians included — should be able to shop for beauty products without the risk of supporting animal tests!
Please help urge the Australian Government to follow Europe's compassionate lead by banning the sale and import of animal tested cosmetics.