In a positive step for animal welfare the Australian Senate has passed a motion that recognises the importance of ending the import and manufacture of cruel cosmetics.
The motion was supported by all parties and most crossbenchers.
Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said "Now we have cross party support we need to pass legislation to ban all animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients.
"I recognise and thank Senator Anne Ruston for her commitment to the issue of ending animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients.
"The Greens End Cruel Cosmetics Bill, currently before the Senate, sets out how we can achieve what the Senate motion aspires to.
"While the regulatory framework for chemicals in Australia may be complex, the Greens' bill to end all animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients provides a pathway forward.
"Twenty eight countries of the EU, the world's largest cosmetics market, have banned cruel cosmetics and their components, as have Norway, Israel, India and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to advance the sentiments of this motion," said Senator Rhiannon.
Be Cruelty Free Australia campaigner Hannah Stuart said: "Our #BeCrueltyFree campaign has long called for an end to cosmetics cruelty in Australia, so this motion is a welcome indication of further political will and we look forward to working with policy makers to develop and implement robust legislation to consign cosmetics animal testing to the history books."
For more information on the bill click here: http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/ending-cruel-cosmetics
Senators Ruston, Rhiannon and Singh, Leader of the Palmer United Party in the Senate (Senator Lazarus), and Senators Wang, Xenophon, O'Sullivan and Muir: To move-That the Senate-
(i) the majority of Australians believe the use of animal testing to evaluate safety of cosmetic products and ingredients is unnecessary, and
(ii) the regulatory framework in Australia for chemicals, including cosmetics, is complex; and
(b) urges the Government to aspire to eliminate unnecessary animal test methods to evaluate safety of cosmetic products and ingredients.
Brami Jegan for Lee Rhiannon 0487 350 880
Hannah Stuart for BCF Australia 0407 193 526