Is animal experimentation an important issue for you this upcoming federal election?

On behalf of our members and supporters, HRA has contacted relevant ministers and shadow ministers regarding three important issues.

We have requested the major parties' positions regarding the following questions:

1. Will your party commit to a ban on cosmetics tested on animals?

The use of animals to test cosmetics or their ingredients, as well as the sale of any cosmetics tested on animals elsewhere in the world, is now banned in the European Union. Furthermore, Israel and India have now both banned the testing of cosmetics and ingredients on animals. Although there is currently no testing of cosmetics involving animals conducted in Australia, the majority of cosmetic products sold here contain ingredients that have been tested on animals overseas. Therefore, a formalised ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals, and the importation and sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals is still needed.


2. Will your party allocate funding to the development and validation of alternatives to animal research?

3. Will your party support the bill to ban the importation of live primates for research?

The bill, formally entitled 'Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2012', was introduced on the 22nd of November 2012. No primates have been imported to Australia for research since 2009, therefore a ban is a clear step forward in formalising the current situation, and preventing the possibility of the primate trade starting up again.

In asking these questions, we hope to address the concerns of our members and supporters by providing up-to-date information on the major parties' positions before the upcoming election. We also hope to establish pathways for dialogue between HRA and those in positions to instigate significant change.

We will update this page as soon as further responses have been received. In the mean time, we suggest you also consider speaking with your local federal candidates about these issues, and others that may be important to you.


Party positions on animal experimentation issues

Whilst the Animal Justice Party has not provided responses to the three specific questions raised, we acknowledge their strong opposition to animal experimentation. You can read their policy here

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