It’s seriously about time and one of those social issues that is talked about a lot in the beauty world. It now seems that the Australian Government are getting their act together when it comes to the regulation of products that use animals for testing. From July next year any products that have been tested on animals, or which contain ingredients that have been tested on animals, will be prohibited. Without a completely comprehensive legal ban there is nothing to prevent cosmetics animal testing taking place here in Australia, or overseas during development of products sold in our shops.
There are a number of countries currently that have taken this stand and will not allow for the sale of products that have been tested on animals. It’s really exciting to see that although well overdue, Australia is now taking this stand. Some of these countries include the likes of India, Israel, Norway, Canada and Taiwan! These countries are just some of the 30+ that have taken this step forward. Hopefully we are next to join this stand and make a difference to the lives of so many animals that are abused on a daily basis in horrific labs and conditions.
Today, more than six million animals are used annually in research and teaching in Australia and New Zealand alone! Many (but not all) of those animals are subjected to some degree of pain and/or stress during the experimental procedure or as a result of the environment in which they are kept prior to and/or after the procedures. Australia does not yet publish national animal research and teaching statistics, but most States now gather them and publish them separately. See the statistics(http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/statistics/)
Many people do not realise to the extent that animal testing is taking place. Any brand that chooses to sell their products in China MUST have their products undergo Animal Testing. The temptation for many brands to sell to China is huge due the sheer volume this can drive for their business. I am so proud and supportive of brands that choose not to sell to China for this very reason even though of the financial temptation. What is also interesting is the list of brands that choose to manufacture in China, yet will not sell in China due to this very reason. Cosmetic brand Elf is one of these that is manufactured in China, yet refuses to sell there because of their animal testing policy. These are the ones to support!
The laws for Australia will mean that THOUSANDS of cosmetics, including perfume, toothpaste and makeup, will be banned from stores after the Federal Government pledged to outlaw the sale of all products tested on animals from July 2017. Unfortunately existing products won’t be pulled from shelves. The strict laws will apply only to new products.
There are also many brands claiming that they do not partake in animal testing and this a blatent lie. If you aren’t sure, always check if a brand sells in China. If they do, then the Chinese law states that it must undergo animal testing. Stay away!
In the coming weeks, i'll be putting together some research on brands and companies that have good policies when it comes to animal safety and ethics, so you can then make an informed decision about the companies you choose to support when it comes to different areas of beauty and cosmetic products!