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There are laws against testing cosmetics and toiletries on animals in Australia, yet sadly many big-name brands such as Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and L'Oreal still fund painful and often lethal tests on animals in other countries before sending their products down under. Choosing non animal-tested products is the key to ending this cruel practice.

The Draize Test: used in cosmetics testing, this cruel procedure involves applying a potentially toxic substance to the eye or skin of a restrained, conscious animal (usually an albino rabbit although other species, including dogs, are used) and monitoring its effects.
 Animals are routinely poisoned, burnt and killed in the attempt to measure the toxicity of the chemicals that make up cosmetics, cleaning products, drugs, pesticides, foods and even packing materials. Testing companies expose animals to chemicals that may cause painful eye and skin irritation, developmental abnormalities, cancer and death. The pain from such tests can be excruciating, yet animals are typically not given pain relief, as scientists often fear that anaesthetics could affect the toxicity of the chemicals being tested. As a result, animals are often left to languish in pain.

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This pledge plays a vital role — but you can have an even greater impact for animals today. Here’s how:

  • As a consumer: do not buy cosmetics or toiletries that have been tested on animals, or have animal-based ingredients. Click here to download 'The List' of cruelty-free products or phone (03) 9328 1377 to request the 'Preferred Products List' be sent to you.
  • As a donor: if you wish to donate to a charity, ensure it is not one that supports the use of animals in research. See the list of charities which have adopted a 'no animal testing' policy.
  • As a student: advise your teacher and/or your school/institution that you will not partake in the use of animals in classes, and encourage them to adopt non-animal alternatives in their teaching. Visit Interniche — a great organisation dedicated to the adoption of humane education techniques, and including some great resources. Also visit the Learning Without Killing website.
  • As a community member: educate yourself about the ethical and scientific aspects of animal use in research and teaching, and then ensure you let our elected leaders know of your views. For further information on these issues visit the Humane Research Australia website.
  • Learn more about animal testing.

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