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Animal Testing      


Be Cruelty-Free campaign to end Cosmetics Testing on animals

About Cosmetics Testing

Did you know that in many parts of the world, animals in laboratories are still suffering and dying to test cosmetics such as lip stick and shampoo? They have chemicals forced down their throat and dripped into their eyes and on to their shaved skin. It is the ugly secret of the beauty industry that Humane Society International is determined to end.

In Australia / New Zealand the government claims that there is little or no animal testing for cosmetics taking place but without a national ban in place, there is little to stop cosmetics suffering returning to our laboratories in the future. It is also still legal for cosmetics that have been newly animal-tested abroad to be sold in our shops. We want the suffering to stop so we're campaigning for a national testing and sales ban to turn Australia / New Zealand into a cruelty-free cosmetics zone.

Producing cosmetics without animal suffering is simple, there is no excuse for companies not making cosmetics the cruelty-free way. All they need to do is use combinations of the thousands of existing cosmetic chemicals already established as safe, combined with available non-animal test methods. HSI's global Be Cruelty-Free campaign aims to create the political will and consumer pressure needed to ban cosmetics animal testing wherever it takes place in the world. We want to turn the whole world cruelty-free - a world where no animal has to suffer for the sake of cosmetics.

Kiss Goodbye to Cosmetics Testing - Click here to read about the LUSH Cruelty-Free Kisses event celebrating International Kissing Day on 6th July 2013, supported by HSI, Humane Research Australia and Choose Cruelty Free.

Only Buy Cruelty Free Beauty Products - When you're out shopping for cosmetics, firstly check to see which companies comply with Choose Cruelty Free's non-animal testing criteria - use this link for a copy of their latest 'Cruelty-Free List' to take shopping with you (Dowload PDF, 262 kB).


Write to or email the Australian Government

Testing vanity products like mascara and shampoo on animals is still legal in Australia, and many of the cosmetics sold in shops have been animal-tested abroad.  Help us pass the new End Cruel Cosmetics Bill to change that!  Australia would join the EU and Israel by banning both cosmetics animal testing, and the sale of cosmetics newly animal tested abroad.  Around the world, some 50,000 animals every year suffer painful tests for cosmetics.  You can help by writing a letter or sending an email to the Minister for Health today!  

Below is some example text for your letter that you are welcome to use to urge the Goverment to support the ban.

Alternatively, to send an email simply click here to contact the Hon Peter Dutton MP directly - the text will be automatically provided for you, ready to sign your name at the end.  

The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Federal Minister for Health
PO Box 6022, House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Email: peter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.au

Dear Hon Peter Dutton MP,

Re: Please support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill

I am one of the 81% of Australians who believe we should follow the EU, Israel and India in banning the sale of animal tested cosmetics.  More and more countries - including China and the United States - are also addressing their own legislation to favour humane alternative tests which are cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans.

Animals shouldn't suffer for our vanity.  Let's put an end to unnecessary pain and distress endured by rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs.

I urge you to support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014 to Ban the Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals which would end these outdated and unnecessary animal tests.

Yours sincerely,


Please send copies of any replies you receive to HSI.

Transportation of live animals for scientific research

An increasing number of airlines have already taken a stance against the cruel business of transporting live primates by air for experimentation.  China Southern Airlines are the latest to change their policy and stop shipments of primates to laboratories worldwide - their Senior Cargo Manager, Chen Qiuhua, announced in March 2014 that the airline will stop transporting live primates for laboratory experiments on all flights effective 21st March 2014 - what fantastic news!  Air France is now the only remaining airline who still participates, flying live primates to laboratories in the EU and US.  HSI has written to Air France asking them to review their policy and stop contributing to the cruelty.

Take Action:

If you would like to help support our efforts, we have uploaded a copy of one of our letters to Air France here (Download PDF, 41.5 kB).  You are welcome to use the information in it to create your own letter. You may also wish to add that you won't be choosing to fly with Air France until they stop supporting such cruelty.  The contact details for the Chairman and CEO of Air France are:

Mr Alexandre de Juniac
Chairman and CEO
Air France
45, rue de Paris
95 747 Roissy CDG Cedex
Paris, France


Please send copies of any replies you receive to HSI.

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