There is no testing of cosmetics involving animals conducted in Australia. However, the majority of cosmetic products sold here will contain ingredients that will have been tested on animals at some time. Cosmetic products include make-up and skin-care products as well as soaps, shower gels, deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes, sunscreens and similar products.
Campaigns in other countries where cosmetics testing has been carried out have resulted in the phasing out of the use of animals to test both the final products and their ingredients: in the UK both types of testing have been banned since 1998, and in the EU since 2009. However, testing continues to be permitted in other countries where cosmetics are developed and produced, such as the US.
While the use of animals in cosmetics testing continues, RSPCA Australia recommends that consumers only buy products supplied by companies operating a cruelty-free policy. There are three criteria for such a policy:
You can read more about cosmetics testing, cruelty-free products and the EU ban in the RSPCA UK Information Sheet The testing of cosmetics using animals
If you’re interested in purchasing cruelty-free cosmetic products in Australia, then the Choose Cruelty Free website provides information on available products.
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