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Events World Animal Day 2013_LRwith a CCF Stall

Come and say hello to our friendly team at the CCF stall where we will have merchandise available for sale and free brochures for you to take home.

World Vegan Day, Melbourne: Sunday 23 October 2016

Cruelty Free Festival, Sydney: Sunday 30 October 2016


Support and participate in the upcoming Animals Are Not Freight – Day of Action! On 29 August 2016 organisations and individuals around the globe will unite in a combination of public events and online campaigns. Their website has loads of information and an event and action map to help you locate what’s going on in your part of the world.

We love the items found in VegE-News, a free monthly e-newsletter featuring current news stories and items of interest to vegans and vegetarians from all over the world. Click here to go to their website to read more.


For a comprehensive summary of what’s going on in China and other countries where animal testing of imported cosmetics is still required, please visit our page China – what’s the story?

Australian Labor Party MP Clare O’Neil introduces the Ethical Cosmetics Bill 2016 to the House of Representatives. (February 2016)

Seven of Australia’s leading animal protection organisations have written to Australia’s Minister for Rural Health, Senator Fiona Nash, urging the government to bring forward meaningful legislation to ban animal testing of cosmetics and the sale of cosmetics newly animal tested abroad. (January 2016)

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has a comprehensive Ending Cruel Cosmetics campaign which you can follow online. (June 2015)

Pan-Asian regulatory expert Dr Tommy Kong outlines current cosmetic import regulations in China. (March 2015)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree South Korea Campaign welcomes Cosmetics Bill requiring mandatory use of alternatives, but loopholes must be closed. (March 2015)

European Commission calls for regulators to work more closely while negotiating the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership with the USA to phase out animal-testing of cosmetics. (January 2015)

South Korea proposes animal-testing ban for finished cosmetics. (January 2015)

The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), has clarified the relationship between the marketing ban and the REACH information requirements after there was confusion over whether animal testing can take place. (October 2014)

PETA Campaign update re animal-testing of cosmetics in India. (September 2014)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign update re animal-testing of cosmetics in China. (July 2014)

The Australian Greens confirm that all cosmetics tested on animals would be banned in Australia under their proposal. (March 2014)

HSUS announces Congressman Jim Moran has introduced  The Humane Cosmetics Act, a bill that would enhance worldwide momentum in ensuring animals are not harmed in the process of creating or manufacturing cosmetics. You can read more at the official HSUS Press Release. (March 2014)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign announces great news from Sao Paulo, Brazil where animal-testing of cosmetics is now banned. (January 2014)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign update from India re their proposed ban on animal testing of cosmetics. (December 2013)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign update on the latest news from China re a proposed review of animal testing regulations. (October 2013)

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today announced that a re-elected Labor Government would lead a national consultation on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale, and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. (August 2013)

BUAV announces positive steps to end animal experimentation in Italy. (August 2013)

EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg has urged Chinese authorities to follow the European example and rid the cosmetics arena of animal testing and turn to alternative methods instead. (June 2013)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign launch in China. (June 2013)

HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign celebrates India’s ban on animal testing of cosmetics.  (June 2013)

NEAVS welcomes retirement of laboratory chimpanzees but the NIH still has a way to go. (June 2013)

CHOICE exposes questionable cosmetic labelling re animal testing. Watch the CHOICE video which aired on Australian TV. (May 2013)

HRA exposes the University of Newcastle conducting invasive surgery on conscious Greyhounds. (May 2013)

BUAV brings about an end to animal testing of cosmetics in the EU. (April 2013)

The Sunday Age gives a general overview of the shocking number of animals used in animal experiments. (December 2012)

The Sunday Age exposes a monkey farm in Victoria where primates are being bred specifically for use in experiments. (November 2012)