TIME RUNNING OUT FOR GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER

TONY ZAPPIA MP.
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11 months ago
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER
TONY ZAPPIA MP
The Morrison Government has not only failed to deliver on its 2016 election promise to ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals by 1 July 2017, which it subsequently extended to 1 July 2018, but with only two weeks of Parliamentary sittings left this year it seems the Government is not committed to the ban.
 
Cosmetic testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary. Almost 40 countries have already banned cosmetic testing or are in the process of doing so.
 
Labor supports the ban and in 2016 introduced its own Ethical Cosmetics Bill that created an offence for testing cosmetics on animals within Australia or importing new cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
 
The Government’s Bill has been put on hold after Labor and crossbench Senators proposed amendments that would close loopholes in the legislation that had been identified by animal welfare groups. The ban as drafted would only apply to ingredients solely used in cosmetics, whilst those with dual use would avoid the ban.
 
The Government’s appalling negligence on animal cruelty was exposed in Philip Moss’ scathing report about live sheep exports – and now continues with cosmetic testing.
 
Australians overwhelmingly oppose animal cruelty. The Morrison Government should support Labor and join with other countries in banning cosmetic testing on animals.
 
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