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Be Cruelty-Free Australia Reveals The Hidden Animal Suffering In Your Make-Up Bag

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Beauty comes in many shapes and sizes. What it doesn’t come in though, is a laboratory where animals are tested upon to ensure that cosmetics are safe for human use.

That’s why the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign is bringing attention to the hidden animal suffering behind many of the cosmetic products that could be lurking in your make-up bag or bathroom.

Hundreds - or even thousands - of rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice could suffer and die to test just a single new lip stick or shampoo ingredient, including having chemicals dripped in their eyes or forced down their throats before being killed by neck-breaking or asphyxiation.

Australia’s End Cruel Cosmetics Bill aims to ban the sale of such unethically-tested products.

“Consumers will be shocked to know that many of the cosmetics on sale have been tested on animals abroad,” explained Hannah Stuart, Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign co-ordinator. “Potentially hundreds to several thousands of animals can suffer and die to produce a new cosmetic.

“Cosmetics cruelty has already been banned across Europe, Israel and India, and we want Australia to be the next country to be cruelty-free. Consumers can show their support by choosing ethical products from the Choose Cruelty Free and Leaping Bunny lists, and by telling their politicians to support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill.”

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Cosmetics animal tests can include rabbit eye and skin irritation, guinea pig skin allergy, and acute lethal poisoning to rats by oral or other routes. Many of these tests were first developed in the 1940s and are being scientifically surpassed by state-of-the-art non-animal tests that better predict human responses.

In Australia, hundreds of cosmetics companies have been certified cruelty-free by the Choose Cruelty Free and Leaping Bunny standards, so compassionate shopping couldn’t be easier. Companies such as Moo Goo, LUSH and Australis create fabulous, safe cosmetics by combining long-established ingredients with modern test methods.

Australians can click here to send an email to their Senator asking them to support the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill.

 

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