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Before the election in 2016, the Australian government announced that it would "ban the testing of finished cosmetic products on animals in Australia, the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals in Australia and the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals outside of Australia".
The ban was slated to be introduced by July 2017, but we're still waiting.
While the cruelty-free movement is growing every day, many cosmetics ingredients currently sold in our country have been rubbed into animals' eyes, poured down their throats, or smeared onto their skin. Much of this testing is done in China and is required by the government there for products imported into the country.
For the third consecutive year, the ban has been delayed.
There are already more than 20,000 chemical ingredients available to producers of cosmetics products that are considered to be safe, and many non-animal tests can fully replace animal tests for cosmetics. There's no excuse for any more animals to suffer for these products.
Testing products and ingredients on animals is also bad science. These tests are poor predictors of human skin and eye reactions. For example, the results from eye-irritation tests are often flawed because of the physiological differences between human and rabbit eyes.
And yet here we are, three years later, looking down the barrel of another federal election with no more laws to protect these animals than we had before. There's no excuse for delaying this life-saving legislation any longer.
Australia would hardly be the first country to bring in such a law. More than 30 nations – including India, Israel, and New Zealand as well as the entire European Union – have banned the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, and Australia should join this list immediately.
Please join us and write to your local MP to ask that he or she make implementing a ban on cosmetics tested on animals a priority now.