Australia Pledges to Ban All Cosmetic Animal Testing by Next Year
A huge victory for animals has taken place down under, as the Australian government pledged to put a ban on all cosmetic animal testing. The ban will go into effect next year and will solidify the nation’s commitment to preventing the cruel practices from taking place in the future. The ban covers any testing done in the country and any product tested on animals elsewhere being distributed in Australia.
The victory can be attributed to animal rights advocates being loud and unrelenting about the important issue. The #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign can take a great deal of credit for getting the attention of lawmakers. Hannah Stuart, of the campaign, explained:
“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 towards 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.”
As more and more countries fall in line with making ethical boundaries with companies, the practice can only start to dwindle. It won’t be long until all countries have banned the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics and other products. For now, we will celebrate Australia’s great step forward as a hint of what is to come.
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