From July 2017, the Federal Government is planning to ban the sale of products tested on animals, including toothpaste, cosmetics, and perfume in Australia. Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt announced the plans in June this year. The ban will bring Australia’s new laws on par with those in the European Union and New Zealand.
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“Testing the ingredients of cosmetics on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it’s time Australia joined a growing number of communities by banning it” assistant health minister Ken Wyatt said.
The new ban only applies to new items and not products and brans which are currently stocked on Australian shelves.
Australian stores still stock cosmetic products from overseas that have been tested on animals or contain ingredients tested on animals.
RSPCA chief scientist Dr Bidda Jones welcomes the new plan.”It’s estimated that around 27,000 animals are still being used for cosmetic testing every year,” Dr Jones said.
Reference: The Sydney Morning Herald and Courier Mail