The Australian government recently announced that it will ban the testing of cosmetics ingredients on animals (and ban the sale of imported cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals) by July 2017. This victory to end cosmetics cruelty comes after a long campaign by Be Cruelty-Free Australia. The campaign is organized by Humane Research Australia and the Humane Society International.
Humane Research Australia reports that rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats are the animals most frequently used in cosmetics testing. They have the chemical ingredients of cosmetics put in their eyes, on their shaved skin, and even force-fed to them by mouth.
You can read the announcement about the ban HERE. The #BeCrueltyFree campaign is a global effort to put an end to animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Here in the U.S., the Humane Society of the United States is a great resource for finding out more about the #BeCrueltyFree movement. You can read lots more about it and take action by signing their Be Cruelty-Free pledge HERE.
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