Stop Testing Postcards
Update 21 August 2013: we are now out of stock of campaign post cards. Once the outcome of the September 2013 Federal Election is known we will conduct a reprint. Thanks for making this campaign such a success!
In the meantime, please also take a moment to sign our tripartite, online petition with Animals Australia and Humane Research Australia here.
Choose Cruelty Free is calling on the Australian Government to pass legislation banning the import and manufacture of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. The campaign goal is ambitious but it is achievable.
The 15 member states of the European Union have already passed legislation effectively banning animal safety testing of cosmetics throughout Europe, and the import of any cosmetic or ingredient tested on animals, no matter where it is produced. The ban should come into effect in 2013.
The mechanisms have now been set in place to move forward from the animal testing of cosmetics to more humane, and more reliable, methods of establishing that products are safe for human use. While Europe has set a commendable example in introducing new laws, Australian regulatory authorities have shown no interest in introducing similar legislation.
Although we import some of our cosmetics from Europe, a substantial amount of our cosmetics come from countries where animal testing is still permitted. If we ever want to be able to freely use products such as make-up, soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste without having blood on our hands, we need to change the regulations in Australia.
Under Section 81(1) of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Health and Ageing, has the power to determine standards for cosmetics imported into, or manufactured in, Australia. In past months, concerned consumers have been inundating the office of the Hon Tanya Plibersek with Choose Cruelty Free campaign postcards.
To date we have distributed 75,000 postcards, and are sending out more every week. We would be very grateful to any of our readers who are prepared to distribute postcards for us.
Come on – let’s follow the EU and introduce an Australian ban on the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals.
Our celebrity supporters have also kindly offered their assistance with the campaign. Award winning author Christos Tsiolkas has joined the campaign along with Tracy Bartram, well known comedian and longtime campaigner for animal rights. We are confident that the majority of Australians will support the proposed ban on animal tested cosmetics once they become aware of the cruelty involved.