ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS
About Cosmetics Testing
Did you know that in many parts of the world, animals in laboratories are still suffering and dying to test cosmetics such as lip stick and shampoo? They have chemicals forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes, and onto their shaved skin. It is the ugly secret of the beauty industry that Humane Society International is determined to end.
We estimate that approximately 100,000 to 200,000 animals suffer and die just for cosmetics each year around the world. These are rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice. While dogs and monkeys are never used to test cosmetics anywhere in the world, they are used to test other types of chemicals.
Producing cosmetics without animal suffering is simple – there is no excuse for companies to continue testing cosmetics on animals. All they need to do is use combinations of the thousands of existing cosmetic chemicals already established as safe, combined with available non-animal test methods.
#BeCrueltyFree is the leading global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics backed by 11 million members globally
Humane Society International launched the global #BeCrueltyFree campaign in 2012 and the campaign aims to create the political will and consumer pressure needed to ban cosmetics animal testing wherever it takes place in the world.
Cosmetics animal testing and/or trade bans are now in place throughout the European Union, Israel, Norway, India, New Zealand and Turkey, with similar legislative measures under development in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Taiwan, Argentina and Russia, and removal of some animal testing in South Korea and China. Learn more about the global #BeCrueltyFree campaign.
The #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign is a partnership between Humane Society International and Humane Research Australia. An overwhelming majority of 85% of Australians oppose cosmetics testing on animals and 81% support a national ban on the sale of animal-tested cosmetics according to the 2013 Nexus Research Poll. Responding to public pressure, the Australian government has promised a ban on animal tested cosmetics in Australia from 2018. But the legislation they proposed contains loopholes and Humane Society International is recommending amendments.
Take Action: We are calling on the parliament to support our amendments to the Government’s bill to make the ban water tight. Please use our online form to ask key parliamentarians to support our amendments which would mean that newly animal tested cosmetics will not be on sale in Australia after the ban.
2. Only buy cruelty free beauty products: When you're out shopping for cosmetics, first check to see which companies comply with Choose Cruelty Free's non-animal testing criteria - use this link for a copy of their latest 'Cruelty-Free List' to take shopping with you.
3. Sign the #BeCrueltyFree Australia Pledge:
Show your support for a cosmetics animal testing ban and sign our pledge calling for an end to the suffering of animals in the name of beauty.
LATEST CAMPAIGN NEWS AND UPDATES:
November 2017: Read our recommended amendements to the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 to fully prohibit data derived from animal testing from use in Australian cosmetics from July 2018.
14th June 2017: Read our submission here responding to the Inquiry into the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 and related bills – we urge the government to strengthen the language in the proposed legislation which would bring an end to cosmetics cruelty in Australia in its entirety.
GOVERNMENT BILL MOVES AUSTRALIA CLOSER TO ENDING CRUEL ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS
1st June 2017 click here
FEDERAL BUDGET COMMITS FUNDING FOR AUSTRALIA TO BAN COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING AND TRADE
12th May 2017 click here
30th March 2017: Read our submission here responding to the Governments request for feedback on the proposed strategies for the legislation to ban cosmetics testing on animals. Our feedback outlined our objections to the loopholes that would undermine the ban.
Join us and help convince the whole world to Be Cruelty-Free!