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Greens introduce legislation to end cruel cosmetics

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 18 Mar 2014

17 March 2014

Greens introduce legislation to end cruel cosmetics

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Rhiannon will introduce a bill to 
• ban the testing and sale of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals in Australia 
• ban the import and sale of cosmetic products tested on animals.  

The bill modifies existing legislation (Industrial Chemicals Act 1989). 

Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt said: “Today is a great day for animals and for Australian consumers. 

“This bill gives certainty to Australia’s consumers, who can now be 100% confident that cosmetics in Australia will cruelty-free.  

“This bill also will give the cruelty-free cosmetics industry a significant boost and will put in place a thick red line, giving the entire industry certainty and clarity.

“The European Union, one of the world’s biggest markets, is already cruelty-free and it’s great that Australia will be joining the list of cruelty-free countries,” said Mr Bandt. 

Senator Rhiannon said: “We are encouraged that MPs from both Labor and the Liberals have pledged their support to the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign.  This takes us one step closer to ending cosmetics animal cruelty in Australia.

“It is disgraceful that an estimated 500,000 animals - mainly rabbits and rodents – are used each year around the world in tests of cosmetic ingredients or products”, said Senator Rhiannon.

Hannah Stuart, Be Cruelty-Free Australia, said: “In this day and age it simply isn’t acceptable to test cosmetics on animals. Nobody needs a lipstick more than a rabbit needs its life.  Be Cruelty-Free Australia is leading the call for a cruelty-free world so we are delighted to support this Bill to ensure no animal suffers for our vanity in Australia’s labs or for the cosmetics sold in our shops.”

Bruce Poon, convenor of Animal Justice Party in Australia said: “With Labor and the Greens committed to cruelty free cosmetics and more Coalition MPs indicating support we are quietly confident this Bill can pass.

Several federal members of parliament have pledged their support for the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign:  Senator Lee Rhiannon, Leader of the Greens Christine Milne, Greens Deputy Leader MP Adam Bandt, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Liberal MP Jason Wood, Labor MP Anna Burke, Senator Scott Ludlam, Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator Penny Wright, and Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. 

Adam Bandt 0439 338 302
Lee Rhiannon 0487 350 880
Hannah Stuart 0407 193 526
Bruce Poon 0400 248 226

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