On Monday, Senator Lee Rhiannon of the Greens announced she will introduce a bill to ban all animal-tested cosmetics in Australia, including those imported from countries that test on animals. In June, a survey done by the Humane Research Australia showed that 81 per cent of Australians support such a ban in the country.
This follows closely the introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Jim Moran this month which bans all cosmetic testing on animals in the United States.
Labor's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek will speak separately about a proposed national plan for Australia to phase out the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals.
Another goal is to have an impact on the Chinese government regarding the potential loss of importation from mainland China, where animal testing it is still mandatory for all cosmetics before being sold.
While no cosmetic companies actually test on animals in Australia now, many import ingredients from countries where animal testing is routine. This week, Ms Plibersek announced "To make sure we get this right, we will be working through all the issues carefully. Legislation must be drafted for best effect and we need to bring the community with us.” She said she will be consulting with groups including Choose Cruelty-Free, the Humane Society International (HSI), Humane Research Australia, industry figures and scientists.
Sao Paolo, Brazil, introduced the first ban in Latin America on animal testing. India followed them. The European Union and Israel also have similar bans. Brazil’s ban covers both the finished products and ingredients. Additionally, Sao Paolo instituted a fine of $435,000 per animal for any institution or research center that refuses to comply with the law.