In the next five months, the entire country of Australia will put a major ban on testing animals for cosmetic purposes, as well as products that contain ingredients that have been tested on animals. A major victory for the land down under, Australia is the latest nation to follow suit on banning animal testing—New Zealand, Israel, Turkey and Norway all passed similar legislation.
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Australia’s assistant health minister, Ken Wyatt, is in major agreement with the ban and went on the record to say: “We no longer need to test cosmetics on animals and many countries, including the European Union, have banned the use of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. Testing the ingredients of cosmetics on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it’s time Australia joined a growing number of communities by banning it.”
He adds, “Without a legislative sales ban there is nothing to prevent cosmetics animal testing taking place here in Australia, or overseas during development of products sold in our shops. Such bans are already in place across the European Union, Israel and India, and there is now growing worldwide momentum toward ending the marketing of cruel cosmetics. A similar legislative ban in Australia will be good for animals, consumers and science, and it’s what the overwhelming majority of Australian citizens want.”