The Australian government has passed a bill that effectively bans animal testing for cosmetics in the country.
The Industrial Chemical Charges Bill 2017 was introduced into the House of Representatives in June of 2017, Fashion Journal reported, though this is the first time action has been taken.
Australia will no longer accept results derived from animal experimentation as evidence of a cosmetic product’s safety or effectiveness. This means cosmetic brands will be required to show that their products are safe and operational with non-animal testing methods.
In partnership with Humane Society International (HSI), the government outlined 11 measures to guarantee that all cosmetic ingredients are covered in the ban. Funding will be delegated to help businesses implement testing methods that do not rely on animals.
Animal testing, though said to be expensive, ineffective, and unethical, is still widely used around the world. HSI estimates that around 100,000 to 200,000 animals “suffer and die” for cosmetics every year…