In many parts of the world, animals in laboratories are still suffering and dying to test cosmetics lip stick, shampoo and other cosmetic products.

These animals 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 globally around 500,000 animals suffer and die just for cosmetics each year

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. HSI launched the global #BeCrueltyFree campaign in 2012 to create the political will and consumer pressure 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.

#BeCrueltyFree Australia

The #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign is a partnership between HSI 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 2019. But the legislation they proposed contains loopholes and Humane Society International is recommending amendments. We are calling on the Australian parliament to support our amendments to the Government’s Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 to make the ban on animal testing for cosmetics water tight. Click here to sign the letter.

You can make a difference by pledging to 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.