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Tanya 'hopping mad' about animal testing

Tanya 'hopping mad' about animal testing

Posted 2 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: politics, election, Tanya Plibersek, animal testing, cosmetics

“Animals shouldn’t suffer in the quest for better mascara or lipstick,” says Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. She’s not talking about bunnies getting blisters from traipsing around the mall trying to find make-up to make their eyelashes pop. She’s talking about the millions of rabbits, rats, dogs and cats that are still used today to test chemicals on for the sake of cosmetics.

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However, Plibersek has announced that, if elected, the Labor Party will crack down on the sale of cosmetics which have been tested on animals and phase them out of Australia completely. Yay! Although cosmetic testing has not been done in Australia for many years, big companies such as Unilever, L’Oreal and Colgate-Palmolive still conduct cruel animal tests overseas before shipping their products down here to sell to us.

The Health Minister’s timing couldn’t be better, as just last week L’Oreal decided to expand their business into China meaning that even more bunnies will have chemicals dripped into their sensitive eyes.

But they won’t be selling them here! Uh uh. No way. Tell ‘em Tanya!

I reckon Ms Plibersek deserves a high-five for speaking up for animals in labs. Click here if you’d like to send her a nice message of support or a picture of a cute bunny or something. :)

It’s so great to hear animals being represented by our political leaders. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has plans for marine animals ... but ... well ... see for yourself.

What do you think of Ms Plibersek’s announcement?

P.S. A big shout out to our friends at Choose Cruelty Free who have been lobbying the Government for over 20 years on this issue!

P.P.S. Did you know that at least two other parties already support a ban on the import of products tested on animals? Yup: the Greens and the Animal Justice Party. And you can check out where the parties stand on plenty of other animal issues here.

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Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas
Posted By Ward

Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas

Posted 23 December 2009   by         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Christmas, gifts, cosmetics, animal testing, vegan, advertising, Edgar's Mission, Brightside Sanctuary, Macbeth, Lush, Aesop, Kisschasy, chocolate

If you're like me and haven't even started your xmas shopping yet, you might like the idea of suggestions for presents to take all of the hard work out of it. So here are my top 10 tips for xmas gifts:

  1. Buy a TV Ad (or have one bought for you): Remind your family that Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, and giving kindness to those who are stuck in factory farms. By donating an ad, you can make their Christmas by keeping our ads on television to give animals a voice.
  2. Aesop gift packs: All of Aesop's products are vegan meaning you don't have to worry about your products being used in cruel animal experiments. They have gift packs for both men and women (perfect for Mum and Dad) that range from $30 to $150. This is what my mum's getting for chrissy.
  3. LUSH Handmade Cosmetics: While also on the topic of cosmetics you cannot go past LUSH, one of the coolest and conscious companies around. These guys have decadent smelling hand-made cosmetics, with a great range of vegan options, that are all natural and perfect for gifts for mum, dad, bro or sis. Just find your closest store.
  4. Macbeth's vegan line of shoes: Macbeth shoes are pure style. And a pair of cow friendly kicks is enough to put a spring in anyone's step.
  5. The Cove: One of the biggest animal films of the year, which shone a light on the secretive dolphin slaughter in the small town of Taiji in Japan. Definitely one of the best films I have ever seen. It's very much like Animal Planet meets James Bond. So if you're Dad likes espionage films, then this is definitely for him. Available from JB Hi Fi around Australia.
  6. Sponsor a needy animal: Adopting a family companion is a big decision and one best left to the person who will be looking after him/her. So giving an animal as a present usually isn't a good idea. But that doesn't mean you can't help a needy animal and make your friend or family member fall head over heals in the process. Sponsoring an animal at a sanctuary (such as Edgar's Mission or Brightside Farm Sanctuary) on behalf of a friend/family member will leave the recipient feeling proud that their helping to give a needy animal a home. And that experience can be all the more rewarding if you can visit the sanctuary!
  7. Cook a delicious vegan supper: Remember that old saying "it's the thought that counts?" Well whoever coined the phrase was right. Why not save Mum/Gran the time slaving away in the kitchen this xmas by whipping out your vegan masterchef skills with one of our Christmas recipes. In doing so, you'll give animals the kindest gift of all - not eating them, and show your family how great vegan food is!
  8. Music: Really, who doesn't love music! And of course it's 100% animal friendly. And you could make this gift even more animal friendly (110% animal friendly?) by supporting a band that helps animal **cough Kisschasy cough**. Their new album Seizures is currently at all good music stores.
  9. Tart n Round: These Melbourne based cake pioneers have a range of delicious chocolates, cakes and sweets that would make a great small gift for someone such as in a Kris Kringle/Secret Santa. They are open Thursday 12-6pm so you'd better be quick. If you don't live in Melbourne, just pick up some other vegan treats from a local vegan store in your area.
  10. Stella McCartney perfume: Perfect for mum or your lady friends, Stella McCartney is vegan so you can rest assured that her products aren't tested on animals and that they don't contain any animal by-products. A little bit pricey, but definitely worth what you pay. Available at most Myers around the country.

If you can think of any other last minute Xmas ideas, post your ideas below!

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