New Zealand Urged to Join EU in Animal-Tested Cosmetics Ban
11 March 2013
New Zealand Urged to Join EU in Animal-Tested
As the European Union implements its landmark ban on selling newly animal-tested cosmetics, animal campaigners SAFE and Humane Society International say New Zealand must urgently apply its own ban to cruel and unethical animal tests.
SAFE Campaign Manager Mandy Carter said: “New Zealand was the first country in the world to prohibit testing on chimpanzees, but we’ve proved ourselves to be woefully behind the times when it comes to cosmetics testing. The EU ban proves there is absolutely no need to put chemicals in animals’ eyes and on their skin for the sake of cosmetics. A ban in law here is long overdue.”
Testing cosmetics on animals has been banned in the EU since 2009, and now the sale of cosmetics containing ingredients that have recently been animal-tested in other countries is also banned. Similar bans have been enacted in Israel, and are under discussion in India.
New Zealand, animal testing is not explicitly required by
law, but neither is it prohibited. HSI and SAFE launched the
Kiwi arm of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign last year to
ensure that no rabbit, guinea pig or other animal is
subjected to distressing and painful testing for the sake of
Said Troy Seidle, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign director: “The EU is now the largest cosmetics market in the world. If we can end cosmetics cruelty there, we can end it everywhere. Humane Society International knows that the people of New Zealand care about animal welfare, so we need them to get on board and lobby their politicians to follow the EU’s compassionate lead.”
To celebrate the EU becoming the world’s largest animal friendly-cosmetics market, HSI and SAFE have launched a thought-provoking animated video called ‘Bright Eyes’ to raise vital awareness and to call on New Zealand’s cosmetics industry to turn its back on animal testing once and for all. ‘Bright Eyes’ shows animal testing from the perspective of a rabbit called Warren, and was generously donated by Australian Be Cruelty-Free partner Choose Cruelty Free.
To help SAFE and HSI end cosmetics animal suffering in New Zealand and worldwide, consumers are invited to sign a Be Cruelty-Free online pledge at safeshopper.org.nz and hsi.org/becrueltyfree. The call for more people to sign the pledge leads up to a range of special activities by SAFE around coming soon, showcasing SAFEShopper, New Zealand’s own guide to products not tested on animals, and the Be Cruelty-Free campaign.
By supporting the Be Cruelty-Free
campaign, Kiwis will be able to support both an
international ban on cosmetics animal testing, and at the
same time send a strong message to the New Zealand
government that animal testing for cosmetics needs to be
banned by law.