I am writing to you, as one of your local constituents, to urge you to take action to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia by supporting a ban on cosmetics animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.
A ban in Australia would be beneficial for animals, consumers and science alike, and opinion polls clearly demonstrate that it's what the overwhelming majority of Australian citizens want too. A 2013 Nexus Research poll showed that 85% of Australians oppose animal testing for cosmetics, and 92% of over 13,000 respondents to a recent animal testing policy public consultation supported a ban on cruel cosmetics.
Toxicity testing on live, sentient animals causes suffering and death in procedures that are outdated and not reliable for assessing human safety. It is entirely possible to produce innovative and safe cosmetics using existing ingredients, without new animal testing, as demonstrated by the hundreds of cruelty-free beauty brands.
More than 30 countries around the world have taken principled positions on this issue and banned cosmetics animal testing and the sale or import of newly animal tested cosmetics, including the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India. There are similar bills to ban cosmetics cruelty pending in Canada, Taiwan, and the United States.
Late last year, a cross-party motion in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics was moved in the House of Representatives by Government MP Jason Wood. This followed the passing of a similar cross-party Senate motion in November 2014. These motions indicate strong support from Australian politicians.
It's time for Australian legislation to reflect both the global trend to end cosmetics cruelty, and the will of the Australian public which opposes using animals in the development of cosmetics. As more and more nations recognise the moral and scientific imperative to end cosmetics animal testing, those countries that continue to allow it will appear increasingly isolated.
That's why, as one of your local constituents, I'm asking you to call on the Government to bring forward meaningful legislation that bans both cosmetics animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.
Please make Australia the next country to say no to cruel cosmetics.