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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.


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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krista krista 4 September 2013
phase out..hmm i am very skeptical as this is what labor does..they gather all the concerns of the public and present in a beautiful package...i find it very hard to believe that we will phase every toothpaste on our shelf in supermarket is animal tested/or ingredient tested, every deodarant (that works), shampoo & conditioner (there are a couple that don't), all your johnson and johnson baby products (which i hate anyway smells like chemicals)..then you have the products that may not have their company logo but are owned by them like The body shop (loreal)...the only real way to stamp it out is for consumers not to buy it and to educate their friends colleagues etc...listerine colgate all test oral b tests..these are multi billion dollar you really believe that a political party that has done nothing for our country will follow through?...i sadly doubt an ideal world a govt would step up and end live export, ban imported foods from chemical using countries (china, etc), ban plastic bottles, ban smoking anywhere near public communal areas (airports, cafes, restaurants etc), ban sport fishing (catch and release), ban rodeos, ban dumping of horses by racing industry, also the greyhound industry, bring tougher laws for people who dump animals at pounds and also people who neglect animals. An ideal world for innocent creatures,, healthy respectful people...a world that is run by fat pocketed corrupt politicians and billionaires
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phatcows1 phatcows1 5 September 2013
I'm skeptical too.
When I hear political statements/pledges/promises on animal cruelty, or anything else, I view them through the prism of popular-ism.
(Popular-ism: toxic political marketing tool native to Northern hemisphere, recently imported into Oz).
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