Canberra, February 9: What can be more cruel than treating animals inhuman for the sake of cosmetics we safely apply? After New Zealand, now Australia set to ban the animal testing. From July 2017, Australia will ban cosmetics which have been tested on animals as well as any products containing ingredients that have been tested on animals.Australia joins the list along with the European Union, Israel, Norway and Turkey who all of have them passed measures to cut down on animal testing. #BeCrueltyFree campaign is the reason behind this decision which says that cosmetics which have been tested on animals or any products containing anything that has been tested on animals will be banned next year.
Spokesperson for the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign, Hannah Stuart, said that “using live animals to cruelly test new ingredients for cosmetics such as hair dyes and skin cream is ethically unjustified, so we’re thrilled that following motions recently passed by both the Senate and the House, the government has now promised specific legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. There is a growing global trend towards eliminating the sale of newly animal-tested beauty products and their ingredients, and today’s announcement will put Australia on the map as the next country to say NO to cosmetics cruelty.”
Australia’s Assistant Health Minister, Ken Wyatt said that “We no longer need to test cosmetics on animals and many countries, including the European Union, have banned the use of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. Testing the ingredients of cosmetics on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it’s time Australia joined a growing number of communities by banning it,” he added.
Stuart mentioned that activists with the campaign look forward to working with the government to “develop meaningful legislation” that eliminates animal testing and the sale of beauty products or ingredients which have been tested on animals abroad.