Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


NZ poised to ban cosmetic testing on animals

NZ could be poised to ban cruel cosmetic testing on animals


Government Now Required to Consider Be Cruelty-free call for a Ban on Cosmetics Testing

The New Zealand government is now legally required to consider banning cosmetic testing on animals due to proposed amendments to New Zealand’s animal welfare laws, says animal charity SAFE which leads the Be Cruelty-Free NZ campaign alongside Humane Society International.

The revision, introduced in Parliament by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers, would see animal testing of cosmetics such as shampoo or lipstick made an offence punishable by law. The Animal Welfare Act 1999 already imposes certain restrictions on testing, but with no specific mention of cosmetics. The proposed amendment, a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP), amends the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, currently under consultation, to include a prohibition on the use of animals in experiments relating to cosmetics.

“For some time, the government has known that the world is moving away from cosmetic testing on animals. Now they have an opportunity to make sure New Zealand keeps up,” says SAFE campaign manager Mandy Carter. “New Zealand’s reputation is increasingly coming under scrutiny from overseas, and it is difficult to see how failing to ban cruel cosmetics testing would go unnoticed.“More importantly, a ban would ensure that animals do not have to suffer horrific deaths for the sake of cosmetic products. Animal testing involves some of the most horrific cruelty imaginable, and there really is no excuse.”

Mojo Mathers’ amendments are the latest in a growing global trend towards cruelty-free products. Israel, India, the 28 member states of the European Union and most recently the Brazilian state of São Paulo, have already banned cosmetics animal testing. Legislative measures are under discussion in Australia, Brazil, South Korea, the United States and beyond.

A common claim in New Zealand is that cosmetic testing on animals rarely takes place. However, without a ban in place there is nothing to prevent such testing in the future.

Claire Mansfield, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaigns Director, says: “Our Be Cruelty-Free campaign is spearheading global change for animals suffering in cosmetics tests and this is New Zealand’s chance to be a part of that compassionate movement towards a cruelty-free world.”

The SOP has already been through rigorous scrutiny. “All that is left is for the government to say “aye” and sign the dotted line,” says Mandy.

SAFE has campaigned on the issue of cosmetics testing for many years and is pleased to see that concerns are finally being considered.

The public can urge party leaders to support the SOP by visiting animalwelfare.org.nz

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news