Australia Will Officially Ban All Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Australia Will Officially Ban All Animal Testing for Cosmetics

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The anger has been present in the public for a long time now. There’s a global trend taking place all over the world that is trying to end cosmetic cruelty. Even the public of Australia was against it. It was time for the government to step in, lend its voice in communion with the public, and see that cosmetic cruelty is brought to an end. And it finally did. Hannah Stuart, the campaign manager of HSI (Humane Society International) fighting for #BeCrueltyFree Australia claims that they are grateful that the government supported them and now, they will make sure that the ban is successfully implemented.

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Good news from down under! πŸ˜ƒ We're delighted that the Australian Senate has passed measures banning new animal testing data for chemicals used as ingredients in cosmetics. πŸ’„ The move is part of a package of bills on industrial chemicals. It had been postponed as campaigners tried to make the law stronger and more in step with the clear wishes of Australians, 85% of whom say they are against the use of animals in the development of cosmetics. Agreement was reached when the Government committed to reinforcing measures to ‘explore’ and ‘subsequently incorporate’ further restrictions on new animal test data for the use of chemical ingredients in cosmetics in Australia. The measures will also help reduce reliance on animal testing and encourage the development of non-animal methods. Cruelty Free International’s Director of Public Affairs Kerry Postlewhite said: “We congratulate the Australian Government, parliamentarians from across the country’s political parties, citizens and consumers who have campaigned hard and the animal protection organisations that worked tirelessly to achieve this result. This is great news for animals, great news for Australia and great news for moves to bring this cruel, outdated and unnecessary practice to an end globally, everywhere and forever.” #CrueltyFreeCosmetics #CrueltyFree #Australia

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The government has made its commitment towards eleven reinforcing measures to make sure that all kinds of cosmetic ingredients are captured due to the ban. It has also promised to fund and support any new developments of non-animal testing modern methods. So, the Government is really committed to making this a complete ban and not just a partial one. Stuart claims that it took about 3 years for the senate to actually pass the bill, but then again, it’s better late than never. The commitment of the government to the cause gives them hope. Stuart also mentions that part of the success of the bill is because of the public. There was overwhelming support from the public towards bringing about this national ban. HSI has named Steve Irons and Coalition MPs Jason Wood and the motion co-sponsors Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff, Senator Tim Storer, and Senator Derryn Hinch as major supporters of the Bill.

Stuart says that all that is left for now is some formalities. Once those are over, the Bill can become a Law. The Bill is set to become active from July 2020 – a small-time given for industries to come to terms with the new rules. However, for Stuart, the one-year gap for the industries to transition seems too much. The ban had been announced about 3 years ago and that is enough time for industries to buckle up.
HSI is ready to move the date forward but the government may not agree to it. At least, the positive thing is that the bill has been finally passed. 2020 will be the year when it will be exercised. And there will be an end to cosmetics cruelty.
Let’s hope that other nations will follow this example. Let’s create a #BeCrueltyFree World. We are the power – let’s exercise it well.


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