New Zealand Bans Cosmetics Testing on Animals – And Now It's Australia's Turn
With 85% of Australians opposing the use of animals to test cosmetics, #BeCrueltyFree Australia is calling on Australian politicians to take action
MELBOURNE (3 April 2015) – One of Australia's closest neighbours, New Zealand, has this week taken a major step toward joining the growing list of progressive nations to ban cruel animal testing of cosmetics, following a two-year campaign by #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand. This move has been welcomed by #BeCrueltyFree Australia, who are calling on Australian politicians to also take action and put in place a ban on cosmetics animal testing and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in Australia.
An amendment to the Animal Welfare Act was voted through the New Zealand Parliament on Tuesday — a decision that reflects the desire of New Zealand’s consumers and cosmetics industry to ensure that animal testing of cosmetics can never take place in the country. In Australia, however, cosmetics testing on animal still remains legal. This is despite strong public support for a ban on cosmetics animal testing and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, calls from over 30 Australian cosmetic companies for a ban, and increasing support from Australian politicians for the elimination of cosmetics testing on animals.
Hannah Stuart for #BeCrueltyFree Australia, said: “This step forward by New Zealand is a reminder of the growing worldwide momentum towards ending cosmetics cruelty – and that Australia is falling behind.”