John Key urged to hop to it and ban animal testing for cosmetics!

SAFE and Humane Society International representatives today presented the 15,600 strong Be Cruelty Free petition to Parliament, calling for Prime Minister John Key to ‘hop to it' and ban animal testing for cosmetics in New Zealand. Hop to it!

SAFE and HSI worked in partnership as the New Zealand arm of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics cruelty. The Be Cruelty-Free petition asks the government to ban animal testing for cosmetics as part of the review of New Zealand's Animal Welfare Act. Subjecting rabbits, mice and other animals to tests that involve cosmetic chemicals being dripped into their eyes or fed to them in high doses is both unethical and scientifically unreliable.

SAFE campaign manager Mandy Carter says New Zealand must urgently re-evaluate its position on cosmetics animal testing. With bans on this practice in place in Europe, Israel and most recently, India, she believes we are lagging behind the times on this issue.

"Are we less ethical than other parts of the world? It is absolutely clear that people do not want to see animals subjected to cruel and unnecessary tests for the sake of trivial and frivolous means and that this must be enshrined in law."

There is no legal ban in New Zealand preventing cosmetic companies from testing their cosmetic products or ingredients on animals. As companies are not required to submit information on what tests they conduct, the extent of such testing is hidden from public view. Recently a new "anti-ageing" cream that had been developed and tested in New Zealand, including tests on mice and rats, went on the national market.

Across the globe, hundreds of cosmetic companies produce safe, innovative beauty products without animal testing. Instead they demonstrate product safety by combining cutting-edge non-animal testing methods with the use of existing ingredients with long histories of use in cosmetics.

25 July 2013