Parliament has passed the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, an important step towards ending cruel animal tests for cosmetics in Australia.

After being passed in the Senate last week – with 11 amendments made in consultation with Humane Society International to ensure worrying loopholes were closed and all chemicals were included in the ban – the legislation was again passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, finally making its approval official.

The Bill includes measures to prohibit reliance on new animal testing data for chemicals introduced in Australia for use as ingredients in cosmetics.Therefore, the legislation is a step forward that will help prevent experimenters from poisoning or otherwise harming animals in ineffective tests by dripping chemicals into their eyes, forcing them down their throats, or rubbing them onto their skin. However, it appears that loopholes may still exist, including an exception foranimal testing in China. So once the law comes into effect, consumers will still need to be vigilant and consult the PETA US “Beauty Without Bunnies” database to verify that products are truly cruelty-free.

The Bill’s approval has been a long time coming, and there are still more steps ahead before the legislation comes into force. Before the 2016 election, the 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 initially slated to be introduced by July 2017, but only a few weeks ago, the government delayed the commencement of the legislation for a third time.

The passing of the Bill is welcome news, but we must keep the pressure on politicians to ensure its timely implementation.Please call on your local MP to prioritise banning the testing of cosmetics on animals now.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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