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Australia makes moves to ban animal testing in the cosmetics industry

Posted: 15 February 2019 2:11 pm

The latest bill passed by the Senate hits a major milestone in the fight to protect furry friends everywhere.

A landmark decision was made in the Australian Senate on 15 February 2019. A bill called the Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017 which effectively prohibits animal testing, was finally passed.

While this bill does not explicitly ban the practice of testing beauty products on animals, it includes prohibitions on using data that has come from testing on animals when introducing a new chemical or ingredient for use in beauty.

More simply, Australia will no longer accept the results of animal testing as proof of a product's safety or efficacy. If a company wants to prove its product works, it will need to use another method of testing the ingredients.

This effectively makes animal testing pointless for cosmetics products introduced and sold in the Australian market.

According to the Department of Health's information on the bill: "As technology has advanced, there has been an international move away from the use of animals for this purpose. Animal tests are expensive, time consuming to conduct and are questioned on both ethical and scientific grounds."

This has been considered a significant win in the fight to end animal testing and cruelty-free beauty advocates are celebrating the decision. Vocal anti-animal testing warrior, The Body Shop has remarked on this Australian milestone.

"We are celebrating a major win in the fight to end animal testing. The Body Shop has been on a mission to end cosmetic animal testing globally for over 30 years, so to have this bill passed in Australia is fantastic progress. Hopefully, we will see more governments around the world follow suit," says Shannon Chrisp marketing and corporate responsibility director for The Body Shop Australia.

Australia is not the only market making moves towards a cruelty-free future. Last year, in the most ambitious campaign against animal testing ever, The Body Shop together with Cruelty Free International brought a petition against cosmetic animal testing to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to create a global framework to end animal testing.

It's only a matter of time before the practice is put to bed altogether. You can read more about the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 here or try browsing through our Finder list of cruelty-free beauty brands you can shop right now.

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