Government bill moves Australia closer to ending cruel animal testing for cosmetics

#BeCrueltyFree Australia welcomes bill; urges amendments to ensure ban is comprehensive and meets EU and international precedents

CANBERRA (1 June 2017) – #BeCrueltyFree Australia today welcomed the tabling of legislation that marks an initial milestone towards ending cosmetic animal testing and trade in the country, but says amendments are required to ensure a full ban on newly animal tested cosmetics.

Hannah Stuart, for the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign said, "We are pleased that the Government has taken this positive first step towards ending cosmetics cruelty in Australia and we would like to especially thank MP Jason Wood and Senator Anne Ruston for their leadership and prioritisation of the issue. We have engaged in intensive discussions with the Government over the past several months regarding aspects of the bill and will continue to stress the need for language in the bill to be strengthened in order to ensure a full ban that prevents all new animal testing for cosmetics. We will continue to explore legislative measures to strengthen the introduced legislation and establish effective rules for implementation. We look forward to continuing to work with Government and all interested parties to achieve as robust a ban as possible on the introduction of newly animal tested cosmetics."

The proposed legislation will ban the use of new animal test data for ingredients used solely in cosmetics from 1 July 2018. This is very welcome progress; however, as not all substances are used exclusively as cosmetic ingredients, some cosmetic ingredients will still be able to be newly animal tested and introduced into Australia under the current proposed language. This is an important departure from existing bans in the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, and India, which have all banned the use of newly animal-tested ingredients when introducing or marketing cosmetics. While #BeCrueltyFree Australia remains concerned that provisions in the bill will allow some ingredients newly tested on animals to slip into cosmetics sold in Australia, the campaign looks forward to the opportunity for continued work with Government to build upon this very welcome first step and progress further towards a full ban that prevents all new animal testing for cosmetics.

Claire Mansfield, HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree global campaigns director, said: "The legislation introduced today is a promising first step towards ending cosmetics animal testing and trade in Australia, but it is by no means the end of the road. In order to continue the Government’s work towards implementing a full ban on cosmetics animal testing and trade, in line with the Coalition’s 2016 election commitment, and comparable to the ban implemented in the 28 countries of the European Union, the language proposed today must be strengthened and loopholes in implementing regulation going forward must be avoided."

#BeCrueltyFree Australia’s next goal is to build on this positive first step towards bringing Australia in line with the growing international move away from cosmetics animal testing and trade. The campaign will now work to strengthen the legislative language and ensure effective regulatory implementation so that Australia can be the next country to fully end cosmetics cruelty.

#BeCrueltyFree Australia – run by Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International (Global) - is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally there are #BeCrueltyFree campaigns in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States.

Media Contact:

Hannah Stuart

#BeCrueltyFree Australia Campaign Coordinator


Twitter: @BeCrueltyFreeOz


Nicola Beynon

Head of Campaigns, Humane Society International – Australia

P: 02 9973 1728


Twitter: @BeCrueltyFreeOz


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