This article is from The Biscuit magazine.I’m sure just like me it breaks your heart to see and read about all these poor animals and what they go through all for the price of beauty. The good news is, the government is proposing changes that will result in any new cosmetic products entering the Australian market not being be tested on animals. The bad news is this doesn’t affect the sale of existing products already on the market.
A study done by Nexus Research on behalf of Humane Research Australia found that 85% of Australians are opposed to animal testing and will appreciate this new legislation.
Not only will this new legislation change the affect what comes into Australia but also what is done in Australia, the legislation will officially ban the practice of cosmetics testing in Australia. Although testing on animals isn’t common in Australia we can now rest assure that it is officially illegal!
You may be thinking, if Australia is so against animal testing, why do we still have products that are tested on animals? Of course there is a reason behind this, the reason being the laws in other countries. China, for example where most of our products are currently manufactured, laws actually require products to be tested on animals before being exported. These tests being carried out are cruel and unnecessary. There’s no justifiable reason why any animal should suffer the testing process of any cosmetic product. Beauty comes at a price but is that price worth the death of innocent animals? Animal testing causes painful deaths for the animals involved including rats, mice and guinea pigs, and have questionable outcomes.
Struggling to know whether or not your favourite beauty brands are cruelty free? With so many cosmetic brands on the market these days, it can be difficult to know. An easy way to find out is to visit Choose Cruelty Free and search the Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) accreditation list. The list is categorised into three categories:
- Not tested on animals
- Not tested on animals but owned by a company that does, and
- Tested on animals
Some of these popular brands still aren’t cruelty free including Avon, Estee Lauder, Revlon, L’Oréal and more. It might be worth checking your cosmetics at home to ensure your much loved brands are making the switch to cruelty free!
We don’t want you to give up your favourite cosmetic products, but we do ask you to make the change to cruelty free!
If you’re looking for a cruelty free company be sure to check out Ere Perez and their recent article about us! And going cruelty free.