Status: Cosmetics animal testing remains legal, although believed not to take place for finished products. Industry sources note that cosmetic ingredients new to Australia may be subject to the same animal testing requirements as industrial chemicals. And it remains legal to sell cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals in other parts of the world.
#BeCrueltyFree campaign: Last year we worked with the Green Party to help launch the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill, worked with all parties to achieve a cross-party motion supporting a ban, and contributed expertise for a Labor party public consultation that revealed 92 per cent of respondents support a ban on cruel cosmetics. Our discussions with politicians, regulators and companies are ongoing.
Get active: Sign the pledge at www.becrueltyfree.org.au
Status: Although animal testing is not required for most non-medicated cosmetics, it's not banned either, and references to toxicity tests on live animals are still pervasive in Brazil's cosmetics safety assessment guidelines, which some companies perceive to be a requirement.
#BeCrueltyFree campaign: Following an HSI cosmetics regulatory science workshop in 2012, Brazilian authorities revised the country's cosmetics guidelines to recognize all available animal testing alternatives. In 2014, cosmetics animal testing was banned in the state of Sao Paulo, and we've generated high-profile campaigning and lobbying nationwide, creating the political momentum to see a bill launched last year. Our team in Brazil continues to work with the Senate to ensure that the final law contains an air-tight ban on animal testing for all cosmetic products and ingredients (because the current government bill contains critical loopholes that will not prevent most new animal testing, and even some campaigners are misguidedly championing this bad bill!)
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