Ending Cruel Cosmetics

Ensuring the Coalition and the Labor party keep their election promises to make Australia a nation where all cosmetics are cruelty-free by the end of 2017.

In 2014 the Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced a bill into the parliament to end animal cruelty in cosmetics in Australia.

The bill banned in Australia the import, testing, marketing and sale of cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals. 

Read Lee's speech on ending cruel cosmetics here

The bill has been endorsed by the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign run by Humane Research Australia andHumane Society International.  The global Be Cruelty-Free campaign works in 11 countries worldwide and across the EU to end cosmetics animal testing. 

Our legislation is supported by Humane Society International, Humane Research Australia, Animals Australia, RSPCA, Choose Cruelty Free and the Animal Justice Party. 

Other Parties

The Greens’ bill to end cruel cosmetics did not receive support from either Labor or the Coalition. 

However in the lead-up to and during the 2016 election campaign both the Coalition and Labor promised an Australian ban on animal-tested cosmetics, with the Coalition pledging to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics from July 2017.

Click here to call on both major parties to uphold their election promise to support an Australian ban on animal-tested cosmetics and their ingredients

The issue – no animal should suffer for a new lipstick formula

Hundreds of thousands of mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals in laboratories around the world are burnt, blinded, poisoned and killed in unnecessary cosmetic tests every year.

The Australian cosmetics industry states animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients does not happen in Australia, but we cannot be certain as it is not against the law to do so. The industry does, however, import cosmetic ingredients and cosmetic products that have been tested on animals.   These are sold in supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores around Australia. 


Animal testing is unnecessary

Most cosmetic products and their ingredients have been proven safe long ago.  Numerous modern alternative testing methods exist to test products or ingredients that have not already been proven safe. These tests are widely recognised to be faster, cheaper and more effective at determining human reactions to untested products.

80% of Australians agree

The Greens are committed to ending the importation into Australia of cosmetic products that have used inhumane and unnecessary animal testing. More than 80% of Australians agree that there should be a ban on the sale of animal tested cosmetics (Nexus Research Opinion Poll 2013). 

Around the world pressure from consumers has already caused many companies to restrict or even cease animal testing altogether, with governments around the world reinforcing this with cruelty-free legislation. 

A global campaign

It is time for Australia to align itself with current global trends and ban cruel cosmetics. Around the world there have been significant achievements in the campaign to ban cruel cosmetics:

In  2013 a full ban on the marketing and animal-testing of cosmetics was implemented in the 30 countries of the European Union after a 4 year phasing out of animal tested cosmetics. Israel imposed a complete sales ban in 2013, and in the same year India banned animal tests for cosmetics made in India. Norway also banned testing, importing and selling of anima-tested cosmetics in 2013.

China lifted its mandatory animal- requirements for domestically produced cosmetics in 2014 as a first step. Sao Paolo in Brazil banned animal testing for cosmetics and Brazil introduced a bill to end testing on final cosmetics products in the same year.

In 2015 South Korea announced a 5 year phasing in of a ban on the animal-testing, marketing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics. New Zealand banned animal-testing for cosmetics in NZ, but not the sale of imported animal-tested cosmetics.  Canada, Argentina and Russia also introduced bills with varying degrees of phasing out animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients, or ending the sale and marketing of those products.

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