It’s been almost two years since the government announced its plan to prohibit cruel tests on animals for cosmetics products, and now, instead of delivering this life-saving legislation this year as promised, it has pushed it back another year.
“Cosmetics” in Australia include all make-up and skin- and hair-care products, as well as things like toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, perfume, and sunscreen.
Amid the election hype in 2016, the government announced that it would ban cosmetics testing on animals, effective on 1 July 2017. At the time, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM MP was alleged to have said that such tests were “unethical, unnecessary, of highly questionable value and should stop”.
But just prior to the 2017 deadline, the government announced a 12-month delay. Now, the legislation has been pushed back again until July 2019.
Not only do animals used for testing endure the application of chemicals to their sensitive eyes and skin, they’re also forced to live in barren cages with a complete lack of environmental enrichment. Many develop neurotic behaviour, such as spinning in circles.
In 2016, a Roy Morgan survey found that Australian consumers are increasingly concerned about animal testing. This research showed that marketing products as “[n]ot tested on animals” resulted in the biggest boost when it came to influencing sales in recent years. It was a more important factor than a product’s SPF rating.
Delaying legislation that will prevent countless animals from subjection to chemicals being dumped into their eyes, poured down their throats, or rubbed onto their skin is inexcusable as well as frustrating for consumers, who have made it clear that they don’t want to support these cruel tests for another instant, let alone a whole year.
Testing products on animals is not only cruel but also bad science. These experiments are generally very 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.
Dear intelligent people of the world,
don’t get shampoo in your eyes.
It really stings.
Now fucking stop torturing animals.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 21, 2012
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More than 30 countries – including the entire European Union, Israel, New Zealand, and India, where PETA India was instrumental in getting a ban passed – have already ended cruel and barbaric tests on animals for cosmetics, a list that Australia should join immediately.
The sooner we stop allowing companies to profit from torturing animals, the better.
Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for a ban to buy cruelty-free products that don’t cause any animals to suffer. Click below to find out whether your favourite products are cruelty-free:
Article source: PETA Files