India has done it, China is about to do it, where is Australia?
New Delhi: Last week, it was announced that animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients had been banned effective immediately in India. This is an important milestone for Humane Society International/India and our Be Cruelty-Free Campaign which was instrumental in convincing the Indian Government to end all animal testing for cosmetics.
India will be South Asia’s first cruelty-free cosmetics zone, which is a critical achievement, and a big step toward ending cosmetics animal testing around the world. India’s announcement comes just weeks after China stated that a revised regulation on animal testing would be out within the year thanks to the Be-Cruelty Free Campaign and grants from HSI, which will assist in the training of non-animal testing methods for scientists.
HSI Director Verna Simpson said, "Currently, there are no Australian companies testing on animals, but ingredients for cosmetics are often imported from countries that do. There is also no current legislation which outlaws Australian companies from animal testing if they wish to do so. Animal testing is an unnecessary cruelty and it should not be a complex task to see it outlawed within Australia."
“With new technologies at the forefront of the cosmetics industry, and world-wide momentum behind the Be-Cruelty Free Campaign, Australia must be a part of this global change, and we call upon relevant Federal and State Ministers’ responsible to amend legislation accordingly," Ms Simpson concluded.