12 May 2017
"Delayed laws to ban the Australian cosmetics industry from selling products tested on animals may still allow ingredients which have been tested on animals to be imported, say animal welfare groups.
Just under 12 months ago, in the lead-up to the federal election, the Coalition announced it would ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals from July this year. But the fine detail of this year's budget papers revealed that those restrictions would not be in place until 2019 at the earliest.
Animal welfare group PETA says it is disappointed by the delay.
By most assessments, Australian laboratories ceased testing cosmetics on animals three decades ago.
But concern has been raised that many products sold in this country still contain ingredients that have been tested on animals elsewhere. Nicola Beynon, Australian spokesperson for Humane Society International, said she was concerned the new laws would not change that.
"We don't want the ban to only apply to ingredients that are exclusively used for cosmetics," she said. Senator Lee Rhiannon, from the Greens, said the proposed new law would be a ban "in name only."
"People buying cosmetics in Australia, even once this ban has been introduced, can't be confident that their cosmetics are no longer being tested on animals," she said. "We need to go to the issue of the ingredients. What the industry does is import animal-tested products and ingredients. And that's what we need to tackle."
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