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Health and wellbeing | 21.07.2017

Innocent animals should not suffer in vain for beauty

Almost two years ago I wrote a blog post about the proposed changes in legislation regarding the banning of animal testing for new ingredients and products entering the Australian marketplace.  

One year ago, the re-elected Turnbull government committed to fulfil this promise: "A re-elected Turnbull Government will ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals. The ban will take effect on 1 July 2017, providing industry and retailers with a defined and reasonable transition period.” (June 2016).

Surprise, surprise this promise hasn't been fulfilled.  

I'm certain that you feel as passionate about this issue as we do.

The following is an excerpt from an email blast this week by our friends over at Choose Cruelty Free Australia.

I felt it pertinent to share this important information on this week’s post. Quite frankly, it’s unacceptable to continue to maim and cause harm to innocent, sentient beings.  While fear, hatred, killing and greed are the scourges of humans, animals have no voice and no rights. We need to collectively speak out on their behalf!  

July 1 has come and gone and as each week passes, it becomes more apparent that the legislation needs to be much more comprehensive to save animal lives and to meet community expectations. The relevant Bills have been referred to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee, with the report due on 8 August 2017.

Fortunately, animal welfare groups were given the opportunity in June, on ridiculously short notice, to make further submissions to government.  

We submitted the following:

"As an Australian manufacturer of certified organic cosmetics and one who complies with Choose Cruelty Free (and hence use their logo on our packaging), we strongly believe that the use of animals for testing on cosmetic products and ingredients is not necessary in ALL cases. We understand that new ingredients need to be tested to ensure their safety, but NOT on animals; we strongly feel it would be preferable to not allow the use of the new ingredient until suitable and alternative methods of testing have been developed for that specific ingredient. From our perspective, this responsibility lies with the actual supplier of the ingredient who wishes to enter the Australian marketplace...to verify and confirm that animal testing has not been carried out in the process both within Australia AND internationally. We seek statements from our suppliers to this effect when re-apply annually for continued use of the Choose Cruelty Free logo."

CCF added their name to a submission prepared by Humane Society International's #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign, which is a partnership between HSI and Humane Research Australia. In addition, Animals Australia, International Fund for Animal Welfare and World Animal Protection (Australia) added their support to the submission.

Choose Cruelty Free has been guiding Australian consumers on cruelty-free cosmetics and campaigning for a ban for 24 years. Although their campaign calls for a more comprehensive ban than is on offer, they remain hopeful that the government will grant animal welfare groups the same level of attention that they paid to cosmetic industry objections to a ban.

 

 

There is concern that consumers may be lulled into a false sense of security and that all companies producing cosmetics, toiletries or household cleaning products will soon be cruelty-free. This is NOT the case!

As consumers, it is now even more important to support companies that are accredited as cruelty-free, and use the Choose Cruelty Free List as a valued resource. CCF continues to provide free, independent advice to Australian consumers on this issue. If you haven’t already acted, your support and contribution will make a difference. I implore you to take this opportunity to add your voice to CCF petition, to sign campaign postcards, to write to your member of parliament, to phone talk-back radio, contact newspapers, and hand out the CCF List and information to friends, family and work colleagues.

Links to all of the above welfare groups are embedded in the body of this post.

 

 

Have your say here and let's get this conversation flowing.

 

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