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broken promises and the ban

where is the Australian ban on animal-tested cosmetics?

The Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on 1 June 2017. This is an important first step in an overhaul of regulations governing ingredients commonly used in personal care products.

However, a meaningful, comprehensive ban on animal-testing of cosmetics, set in legislation, is still a long way off in Australia. Our campaign will continue until this fight is over!

We don’t want just any old ban – we want a ban with no loopholes.

  • During the 2016 election, the coalition government committed to introduce a ban on cosmetic testing on animals from 1 July 2017. This also included a ban on the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals outside of Australia.
  • Then, buried beneath industry and government jargon, the federal budget released in May 2017 revealed that the coalition government’s promise to save thousands of animal lives starting 1 July 2017 will not eventuate for another 12 months. “Implementation of the ban will start 1 July 2018 to provide industry with a transition period and align with broader industrial chemical reforms.” Read the full release here.
  • “To assist regulated entities to adequately prepare for compliance with the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), the Australian Government has decided to defer commencement of the scheme until 1 July 2019The new commencement date also means that the aspects of the implementation of the election commitment and the 2017-18 Budget measure to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals that are included in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 will also be delayed until 1 July 2019.” (March 2018) Read the full release here.

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Page updated: 14 September 2018

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  • I cannot believe that we are still not 100% cruelty free in this country! When there are so many other alternatives, why does our government continue to allow cruel unnecessary testing on defenceless animals? Please put an end to this disgraceful practice now!
  • I can’t believe that this barbaric and incredibly cruel practice is still taking place and in a great nation like Australia. This has to end immediately! Sarah C
  • I add my voice to those voices who are disgusted with the government’s attitude to animal testing. I have written to Tanya Plibersek Labor MP repeatedly over the years about this barbaric practice and was told years ago that it was being stopped. I have written again this morning. Of course, if women would not buy any cosmetics they would also help a great deal. They continue to provide a market for the continuation of testing on animals. Zevia S
  • It is absolutely disgusting!! In 2018 we have enough resources, technology, knowledge and common sense to know that animal are not there to be exploited for our own gain especially when there are plenty of alternative options out there. Alice D
  • Stop……. just stop this disgusting practice of testing on poor innocent animals. Animals are just like children, would you test on your children? NO.
    So stand up, be brave and say STOP hurting these poor innocent creatures. Lauren S
  • A ban on all animal testing for cosmetics should have been in place long ago. There is absolutely no justifiable reason to torture animals. To permit it – to actively condone it by delaying laws to prevent it – is akin to directly engaging in it. The delay is reprehensible. The Australian public demands an end to the torture of animals. It’s a fact – animals feel pain and anxiety and joy. We should do everything in our power to bring about the latter – not the former. Knowing animals are sentient, knowing the will of the people, knowing the suffering and deaths that will be caused without new laws – the decision to delay, is a violation of the trust and ethical expectations of Australians. It tells me governments are too connected to big business whose one and only goal is to exploit everything it can to make money. We shouldn’t need laws to stop torture – and the fact we do speaks volumes as to the principles at the core of these businesses. The laws are a must and are needed immediately. No more delays!! Cherie S
  • Such a shame it has taken three years to get this far and actually get no farther with this ban! Totally unnecessary in this day and age to be testing on animals when there are many alternatives, if you choose to use chemicals that are dangerous for your body and require some form of testing. I will continue to boycott those companies that test. Mandi S
  • My vote reflects governments animal welfare legislation. Wake up and realise our compassion to animals equates to compassion to humans. A country can be measured by its compassion to the weak and vulnerable. We do not need to test cosmetics on animals and our economy is not dependant on Live Animal exports. Joanne M
  • I’m really disgusted with this government. This latest delay makes me wonder if they ever had any intention of banning cosmetic testing. I’ll be interested to see what Labor’s policy on this issue is – seems I might be voting differently at the next election. Cathleen T
  • Ban animal testing of cosmetics now – once and for all. Stop procrastinating. Follow the lead of many other civilised countries and ban it. Put an end to this barbarity. Do it now! Enough is enough! Maria S
  • Delaying a decision to ban testing cosmetics on animals makes Australia look like a backward country in the eyes of the international community. Take actions and ban cosmetic testing on animals now! Therese M
  • I am appalled, disgusted, and amazed by the Australian Government’s feet-dragging tactics over the long-promised Ban on animal testing in cosmetics. It is barbaric and outdated, and reflects a wider attitude of callousness in our society. My tiny soap company is pretty much a one-woman band, but I’ve managed to be accredited with Choose Cruelty Free, Australia, for many years now. Surely if someone with my modest resources can do it, everyone can do it. The Australian consumer deserves it. Outraged and angry. Patti F
  • I am very upset that our Federal Coalition Government has delayed the implementation of an election promise made in 2016, when it committed to introduce a ban on cosmetic testing on animals from 1 July 2017. There is no excuse for this delay and the Government is obviously bowing to pressure applied by entities standing to benefit from this delay.  Humane Research Australia says that there have still been more than 1.8 million animals used in experimentation and invasive research of all kinds in this country alone, and this is 1.8 million too many. These barbaric practices have got to be stopped, and the only way to do this is through committed political action. It’s time that Mr. Turnbull demonstrated his supposedly socially sensitive character is not a facade. Tony A
  • I think the government’s delay in implementing a ban on animal testing is just another example of the government being under the control of big business. Deb E
  • When oh when is Australia going to join the 21st Century.  The testing of animals for human cosmetics is NOT only barbaric but USELESS.  Time and time again the companies who test or have their products tested in China etc., have customers who come up with allergies etc., from their products.  No animals skin is the same as a human so STOP THIS CRUELTY and use ingredients that are harmless.  Many many companies are doing just that and there are no complaints from their customers, and the cruelty free cosmetics are just wonderful. I for one would never touch cosmetics that have been so cruelly tested on innocent animals.  Come on Australia put a stop to this cruelty and useless testing on animals. Maureen B-W
  • This delay is more than unacceptable. Typical politicians – their lips move so  they are lying.  How much are these testing corporations paying these p*s* weak politicians to keep this inhumane practice of animal testing to continue??? Lynette S
  • Outrageous that nowadays we still test cosmetics on animals!!! Animal tests are cruel, unnecessary and primitive. Matilde R
  • Would you postpone the ban on animal testing if they were your pets or children? Why wait? Some things are more important than money! Animals don’t wear cosmetics ,people do. Stop testing on the wrong animals and start testing on the right animals – the humans. Tamara V
  • Do you ever keep your promises? Why are you deferring this barbaric ban? You are in dire peril of losing the next election. No wonder, you keep ignoring what those who voted you in, preferring to pander to companies whose only goal is money!! They will still make a huge profit so why are you doing this??? The useless cruel testing on animals must cease now!!! NOW! Or see you at the voting booth losers. Maureen H
  • I am actually not surprised the Government has done nothing about this. They make too much money off this trade just like Live Export. They should all be voted out and have to do real jobs like the rest of us. We need leaders who actually have some intelligence, and moral compass and want to change the laws that really need changing. The voting public is sick to death of all those broken promises and I pray come voting time that they are shown the door with a boot in their arse and no pay out to look forward too. Linda S
  • Sadly this Government is a disgrace and so un-Australian. What a bunch of gutless wonders whom only care about their own livelihood. I pray and hope they are not voted back in. Amanda E
  • This is a lazy government with no regard for animals.  They take Australians who care about how animals are treated as fools.  Live export, cosmetic animal testing, the list goes on.  They won’t be getting my vote at the next election. Elizabeth D
  • What a completely useless and untrustworthy government the coalition have turned out to be. It almost seems like you are all a bunch of animal haters. When are you going to implement the “NO testing on animals” law. Please prove us wrong and show us that your government actually does have some compassion and get this law implemented. There are going to be a lot less people voting for a heartless government at the elections. Barbara S
  • Every day this legislation is delayed means more pain and suffering for innocent animals. I simply do not understand the delay. Petra J
  • Yes another broken promise by Government. Really! Who are they getting kickbacks from – the big companies who refuse to keep up with the times? Don’t they and Government get it – it’s not the modern thing to test on animals any more. What I find most ironic (if that’s the word) is that the companies that test their products on animals (supposedly for human safety) are the very products that most humans have the most allergic reactions to. Go figure. So Government get your act together and stop wasting tax payers money doing your time wasting reports about reports, have some decency about you and ban cosmetic testing on animals. Vanessa H
  • Typical government – If they thought elections could be won or lost over this issue, then of course a commitment would have been made. We are a primitive country, not developed. Disgusted. Sharon L
  • In 2016, the coalition government committed to introduce a ban on cosmetic testing on animals from 1 July 2017. This also included a ban on the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals outside of Australia. Then in May 2017, the coalition delayed their promise to save thousands of animal lives for another 12 months. And now (9 March 2018), the Australian Government has decided to defer commencement of the scheme until 1 July 2019. The fight is not over.  This is an absolute disgrace and all testing on animals should stop NOW. Jenny K
  • The decision to postpone the banning of cosmetic testing on animals is deplorable, to say the least. I believe if the general public were made more aware of the horrors involved in this archaic system – there would be a huge outcry. This practice needs to be stopped IMMEDIATELY!!!!! Paula N
  • I would like an explanation for the delay in Australia BANNING testing cosmetics on animals.  I believe this was to have happened last year. Why hasn’t this happened? It must! I want to know why we have been misled? Why the government is stalling? Why has this delay occurred? Sue V
  • If we could change the faces of the rabbits and put the politicians faces in their place and then make commercials. I’m so sick of seeing commercials on tv about new cosmetics and they never say if they are cruelty free. the government should make this compulsory. Please show commercials of animals being tested on. Please. Michelle F
  • As humans are not 70 kg versions of mice, how could researching on mice possibly have any relevance to humans? Gandhi’s profound comment about mankind’s greatest sin is animal research should be taken notice of. How about Australia catching up with the other enlightened countries is the word and stop animal testing? Collette T
  • Yes, this cruelty has to stop, no need for animal testing at all, this ridiculous cruelty for vanity must stop. Joy R
  • Am absolutely disgusted and dismayed at this broken promise………the days of governments like this are numbered. Have those in power any idea how these broken promises occurring again and again will lead to their political demise? Most are fed up with this lack of care. It is 2018, not 1970/80 or even 90. Wake up!! Kai R
  • I am so saddened and angry that the Australian laws have not done what they promised. These animals are still suffering when there has been scientific evidence to back up alternate ways to do research. This has to end and I will continue to only purchase products that have the Cruelty Free stamp of approval. Emily W
  • It is disgusting that this cruelty goes on. It should be stopped immediately for good. Susan V
  • … when I saw that the Government was going to do this… actually ban animal testing… ” eventually”;… initial first second reaction.. oh wow… they are doing something good…. immediately followed by… sigh… I will only believe this when I see it… and here we are… still waiting to see it…. some humans make me so very sad :( Larissa T
  • It is not necessary to treat on animals anymore, it should be abolished so should live exports. Charlotte H
  • Just bloody ban it. It’s unnecessary and cruel. Mary I
  • Animal testing is barbaric, why is there a hold on this ban? These animals do not need to suffer such excruciating pain so we can feel good with a choice of lipstick, how ridiculous. Kim A
  • Should have known it was just another vote grabbing exercise by the Liberal party and not been sucked in by it. This issue, along with your failure to ban live exports despite the public’s distress at the horrific suffering those sheep endured has convinced me you have no intention of following through on your empty promises. Megan E
  • Enough is enough. The testing on animals has little evidence of human benefit and therefore is unnecessary and incredibly cruel. The Australian Government needs to stop breaking promises and start becoming a government that puts animal welfare before profits. Taryn H
  • I am increasingly ashamed of my country for doing absolutely nothing about the continuing animal cruelty in the name of humans and their needs. I will be voting with my conscience. Lindsay B
  • Once again promises broken on banning the use of animal testing for cosmetics, etc. When are we going to get a politician who does what he or she says? Delaying this ban not only causes so much suffering to innocent animals but it serves no purpose. Animals do not use cosmetics, etc that are used by humans. Tests that are done are of no use. Stop this inhumane treatment NOW not in two or three years time only to be put off again. Maureen B-W
  • STOP THIS NOW! I’m sickened by the way animals are mistreated for the sake of our vanity and I just want it to end. Show some compassion – please. Sanchia T
  • The government has let us down…yet again. Broken promise after broken promise. This is a promise that should be easy to keep…PLEASE GET IT DONE. Janelle S
  • Animal testing is cruel sadistic and unnecessary!! Please stick to your promise and ban it!! Anita E
  • Enforce the ban on animal tested products, it’s an outdated barbaric practice that doesn’t belong in forward moving country. Oh wait we are forward moving aren’t we???? Joylene R
  • Why hasn’t then ban come into place? I’m disgusted in you our government for once again not keeping your promises. I cannot wait for election time!!! Lilian M
  • It is so disappointing and saddening that the Australian Government is being weak and letting us down on this issue. Until they get their act together and stop the unnecessary and cruel testing of products on innocent animals by ignorant companies, I can only hope that consumer ethical awareness continues to grow and people support the cruelty free brands that are available. Lou H
  • So the Australian Government has just sanctioned another year and a half of suffering and torture of poor, harmless creatures. It’s not as if this change hasn’t been coming for quite some time… companies that still persist in this disgraceful and disrespect of life should be well and truly prepared for this change for the better (understatement). Just another back down of Government – why do I keep expecting more from politicians? Rebecca H
  • It is an inarguable measure of society when there is little to no regard for the humane treatment of animals. It is also a measure of worth when governments unashamedly make promises with no reservations about breaking them. Cynthia S
  • I am absolutely aghast that the Australian Government would make a choice to delay the ban on animal testing. What a sad day it is when our government shows complete disregard for sentient beings. What an embarrassment it is to be Australian when choices like this are made. And what an absurdity that our tax paying dollars are supporting a government that does not meet their peoples’ wishes or choices. You should be hanging your heads in shame.  Samantha S
  • There are no words really to adequately express how I feel about the banning of testing cosmetics on animals being delayed until 1st July 2019. It seems so unnecessary to wait that long…. Kristy R
  • I am absolutely disgusted that the Turnbull government have once again broken their promise to implement a ban on animal testing in Australia.  This was promised in 2016 and now we are told we must wait until 2019.  I demand a ban – as promised – immediately, with no loopholes so as to ensure the end to animal suffering in Australian laboratories for testing on products that do not even need this. Sue S
  • Absolutely disgusting in my opinion, but typical of the politics and politicians that we have today.  It is all about votes and self-interest! Joan B
  • I am disgusted that there is a delay in stopping this type of cruelty to our beautiful animals. Why? Is it to gather more votes from the people who approve!? Lana K
  • Thank you for informing me of this release. How very disappointing. Please continue to fight to get this ban implemented. Thank you for all your work. Christine B
  • Once again the Government shows its lack of priority on animal welfare issues and continues to place our nation behind Europe and New Zealand in banning animal tested cosmetics.  The voters are restless. Get a move on. And get it RIGHT. No loopholes. Elizabeth D
  • I am disappointed to hear of the government’s decision to delay the ban on animal testing until 1 July 2018. It’s not necessary to keep torturing animals for longer. Other companies have proven it’s possible to make cosmetics without torturing animals. Teresa E
  • I accept a transition period is necessary to allow industry to source and implement alternate testing methods.  However, I suspect many are already known. I would like to know exactly why the ban could not be implemented on 1 July 2018. Cathleen T
  • Typical Australian Government… putting profits before animal abuse.  I hope you can all sleep well at night, knowing what torture you’re inflicting on the defenceless. Rheusuin B
  • I am bewildered as to how people, who have the authority to stop the needless suffering of animals used for testing cosmetics and chemicals, are not severely troubled by their decision to allow a delay. The cost of the delay on the defenceless creatures tortured just to tick a box and not really achieve any worthwhile outcome is immeasurable. I feel sick about the pain and suffering of these dear little animals. All for nothing as human skin reacts differently. The unnecessary repeated Draize testing is an offence. As if any human would put that much harmful substance, that number of times in their eyes or on raw skin. Any test that subjects a defenceless creature to suffering is inappropriate to say the least. What does it take for these people to wake up and show a small amount of kindness? It seems as usual that ‘money talks’. I can only assume that the business wanting to run the tests have a monetary/voting influence on the Government. Thank you for the opportunity to speak out for these animals. Janelle E
  • The government has once again let down the animals in this country. We are showing no emotion or any form of kindness, this country is becoming more like China, who don’t care about animals. When will this useless, heartless government do the right thing? Simone S
  • It seems to me that the Government has no intention of banning animal testing/torture for cosmetics. They never did. They don’t care. Wendy P
  • The news of the government deferring yet again, the plan to stop the suffering of animals does not surprise me. It does really sadden me though, that they can so callously keep delaying the implementation of the ban. We need a meaningful, comprehensive ban on animal testing of cosmetics, and we need it today, not in two years. With all our other options, testing on animals is no longer needed, so I fail to understand the government keeps postponing the implementation of the ban. Clara J
  • Once again, it appears that this government has put its lobby groups before what we voters want, which is to stop the abhorrent treatment of animals used for totally useless testing for cosmetics. So much for election promises. So much for their stated care for sentient beings other than humans. How awful that it is we humans who are so callous and careless of other lives. I wrote to my MP after the first postponement. This time, I’ll be giving my view of him and the LNP at the next election. Very, very disheartening that our politicians behave in such a negligent and cruel way to innocent animals being used and abused for absolutely no other reason that I can think of than the politicians pandering to their lobby groups. Shirley B
  • I am writing to express my absolute disappointment in the deferment of the ban on animal testing for cosmetics and the ban of products tested on animals. As a nation, we pride ourselves on our progressive thinking and actions, and this is more than two steps backwards. From a consumer perspective, how can we possibly feel safe in buying products that claim to be cruelty-free if even our own government deceives it and bends the rules for barbaric practices such as these? With many proper, safe, humane and CHEAPER options available- why are we still allowing this?  With so many variances between one human to another, extrapolating data from an entirely different species to humans is extremely dangerous. To the coalition government – for the sake of your credibility and integrity – keep to your word and set these bans in place, effective to your first statement. Kelly S
  • I am outraged that the Australian government is deferring the implementation of this ban for a second time. As a life member the Aus. Rat Fanciers Society Inc. Vic. I have a vested interest in the welfare of rats. They are not dirty vermin or a means to test products of any kind for human use, but sweet, gentle, clean and highly intelligent creatures. I implore people speak with their wallets and boycott animal tested products, and tell the government we will not stand for this cruelty any longer. Rebecca T
  • As a professional cruelty-free hair and make-up artist, I know the reality is that a true, honest ban on cosmetic testing in Australia will take a long time to happen and that in the meantime, until ALL animal testing of cosmetics is 100% abolished globally, we need to ensure we use and buy only from cosmetic brands that are committed to being 100% transparent and humane, by seeking out accreditation with Choose Cruelty Free. These ethical cosmetic companies are showing us that  they have nothing to hide, when it comes to animal testing, and it is these companies that we should ALL be supporting. Nicole Groch
  • The Coalition Government should offer themselves up as a replacement to all the animals they have let down. Surely we should be testing cosmetics on human skin! I’m sure they would gladly release all the tortured, deprived animals and sign up for barbaric, painful and morally bankrupt worthless tests themselves… given the chance…. Linda S
  • I am incredibly disappointed that such an emotive and important election promise has been broken. The Australian Government should be ashamed. It has the power and the mandate to protect the lives of innocent animals but it has decided to bump them down the priority list. I’m ashamed to be a citizen of a country that claims to love animals and yet treat them so poorly. It’s 2017 – testing on animals is archaic and cruel and we now know better. Sophie F
  • I’m voicing my great disappointment that the Australian government is pushing back on the animal testing ban. The testing of cosmetic products and their ingredients cause great suffering for the animals concerned, it is a cruel and unnecessary practice and about time that ethics came before company profits. It was promised, and should be implemented immediately. Annie H
  • Everyone knew you would break your promise of banning cosmetics that have been cruelly animal-tested, by July 1st 2017. We are not surprised, not even disappointed, because we have no trust in you in the first place. How disrespectful you are of Australians who expected this to finally happen, people who have spent huge amounts of time and energy over decades, to enlighten the public and law-makers about the completely brutal and unnecessary cosmetic industry practice of torturing small animals. And the truly tragic thing is that so many companies don’t torture animals at all! And we who buy those products are still here, healthy and complete and beautiful.   So while you procrastinate and dither around, gutlessly terrified of actually taking a stand against this horror, millions of small animals will suffer pain and fear and helplessness for senseless, out-dated laws that prove nothing. It’s sickening. Diana P
  • Come on Australia stop lagging on this. Keep up with Europe and New Zealand in banning animal tested cosmetics. My vote is directly related to this one. Joanne M
  • It’s absurd that the poor animals will need to wait another 12 months to be free  from cruelty. Nowadays we have so many brands in Australia that are cruelty free so the government shouldn’t allow the brands that still test on animals to be imported to Australia! Mariana C
  • I am totally disgusted that the poor animals being abused and tormented will have to wait another YEAR. Can’t believe it. Can’t understand it. WHY use excuses to extend this terrible crime against innocent animals. Christine W
  • Herewith we would like to express our support for a ban to be effective starting July 2017 without delay. The consultation period has been long enough to signal to industry that they have to transition and no animal should have to suffer any longer. Ernie & Christine
  • This is appalling and ridiculous. There is no way that the industry needs another 12 months to implement this. This is yet another election promise broken. If there were concerns about products harming people, a ban on products would be immediate – it should be so for any products tested on animals to, whether they are tested here in Australia or overseas. There are SO MANY cosmetic products available that have not been tested – these should be supported to become the “norm”. Yours most sincerely and sadly. Karen G
  • Appalled to hear of the government’s decision to delay the ban on animal testing until 1 July 2018. This duplicity on the part of the government is heart breaking, condemning so many more animals to further pain and suffering for no cause other than the convenience and profit of the cosmetic companies.  Those companies have had sufficient time to prepare for the coming ban, so long overdue.  If they have not done so by now suggests incompetence or complacency their part and they should not be pandered to further by the government with an extension of time. Even more alarming, the loophole which will allow cosmetics made and/or tested on animals overseas to continue to be sold here.  That the government could delay on such a half hearted measure such as this shows they are anything but serious in ending the suffering of animals. Once more, big business trumps all else. Lee-Ann M
  • I am utterly disgusted by the government’s broken promise. All those animals suffering. All those needless tests when synthetic options are available. Makes me feel ashamed of our country. Kristy R
  • I read the announcement from several animal welfare groups and, quite frankly, was very angry. I have since emailed Turnbull, Joyce and my local MP, Kevin Andrews. I can think of only one reason why the LNP is breaking its promise to institute the ban on animal testing for cosmetic on 1 July 2017 – they are allowing the stakeholders in the animal testing business another year of making profits from the animals, the laboratory equipment, the food and everything else involved in this horrible business. Having broken their election promise once, it opens the way for them to do so again. In fact, it could be, given their election lies, that Australian animals used for testing won’t be released from this senseless cruelty until we have a change of government. Other countries, notably our neighbour New Zealand, were able to bring in the ban under their conservative government – with 100% agreement in parliament. For a few years now, every time I’ve been shopping for cosmetics, I have been surrounded by people looking for cruelty free products. All these people have been totally let down by this LNP government, the members of which do not care and have no empathy for animals at all, given their actively permitting yet another year of revolting experiments on innocent creatures. They should be very, very ashamed, but quite frankly I do not think many of the LNP members have much in the way of social, environmental and economic justice. In the meantime, I am alerting everyone I know in person and on social media so that we all know we can buy cruelty free through the Choose Cruelty Free booklet and website. Shirley B
  • Another vote grabbing promise the politicians have failed to deliver on. This will be remembered at the next election. TAKE NOTE! David T
  • Thank you for bringing to our attention that the government is not banning testing on 1 July 2017 as promised, instead extending this for yet another year. I am mortified that this ban has been extended – more poor animals will suffer for human vanity. In this day and age I simply cannot understand why it is necessary to be testing on animals at all. Surely to God there has got to be a better way for the sake of these poor animals.  Why not do some testing on those that make these decisions and see how they like it.  So many countries have now banned testing on animals and I am appalled that Australia is not one of them. I would like the government to publicly explain why this has been delayed. Preferably in front of animal activists. Jann C
  • A delay of 1 year to the promised ban on animal-tested cosmetics is not acceptable. Another 12 months of suffering for the animals tortured for vanity. And what about those products / ingredients tested overseas (which is the majority)? Elizabeth D
  • I, like many people of this day and age was quite happy to live in my bubble of ignorance, enjoying any product I wanted. But didn’t realise the savings I was making when a particular brand was on sale was actually costing so much more! The lives of these beautiful creatures isn’t for us to take for granted, it is torture and animal cruelty is ILLEGAL in Australia so how is it we can use products that were cruelty tested on animals? Isn’t this a contradiction? I have stopped wearing make up on Monday’s – Make up Free Monday’s. this is my opportunity to raise awareness of the amount of companies that unnecessarily use animals for testing. ALL My make up is cruelty free and has not been tested on animals. I am an animal lover but I also believe in what is right, and this isn’t right. This might be only one person, one voice, one opinion…but together, we are making a change. We WILL be the generation to stop this disgusting human trait, the trait that we think we have the RIGHT to treat animals however we want. Stop Animal Cruelty, Last I heard, Animal Cruelty is ILLEGAL! Rachel C
  • I am writing to voice my concerns and displeasure that Australia is pushing back the animal testing ban. This is a step backwards and shows the world you would rather put profit over science and ethics in regards to the animals involved. You gave us your word, please do what you promised. The world is watching. Rebecca G, New Zealand
  • Whilst I’m exceedingly disappointed, I’m not surprised at the news that the government is delaying implementation of ban on animal-tested cosmetics! When they announced the ban last year, I thought, wow, finally something good to come out of the Turnbull government. How naive I was. Of course a delay doesn’t mean that it will never happen, but can we actually trust the people in charge? Can we trust that the government will stand up to the corporate lobbyists who are, no doubt, putting all their energy to opposing this ban. After reading some comments on your facebook page, it’s wonderful to see so many people feeling the same as I do. I will continue to buy from cruelty free businesses and hope that one day the message will spread worldwide that we don’t want tortured animal blood on our skin! Sarah A
  • So bloody typical of the government. It is totally unnecessary for animals to suffer for our vanity. It makes me angry and very sad and more than a little embarrassed that Australia is still allowing animal testing for beauty products to continue for another 12 months. We are certainly showing ourselves to the world as a non-progressive ‘first world’ country. Carmel W
  • Heartbreaking and shameful. Not a cent of mine will go to any company putting profit ahead of humanity. Thank you for the tireless work you do. Cynthia S
  • I am surprised and very disappointed and angry to hear of this delay. It is not acceptable to extend this and the animal suffering that will be part of the delay – how many animals will suffer and die within this period. There cannot be justification for harm in this manner. Elizabeth H
  • It saddens me to see the picture of the rabbits obviously being tested on and unable to escape. I own three rabbits just like the ones in the picture. They were “wastage” from a vet nurse program and were going to be euthanised. I love watching them every day, seeing them gain trust in me and just being rabbits doing rabbit stuff. I love my girls and it breaks my heart that they have to endure so much cruelty for the sake of things that are probably not even a necessity. I really hope the government has an urgent rethink and bans testing on any animal sooner rather than later. Merryn F
  • We are outraged that the consideration of the project on banning testing of products on animals has been suspended again and we demand that it be renewed. Animals should not suffer! Yulia P, Russia
  • I fail to understand why there will be a delay with something as important as this.  Our government needs to act now, so as to save further pain and suffering. Clara J
  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. (Mahatma Ghandi) Manju M
  • Money and semantics yet again. Very disappointed in the Australian Govt delaying the ban implementation. So many advanced countries and organisations are actually trialling methods without using animals to test products. So many beings will still suffer which is totally unnecessary in this modern age. Animals and human anatomy are not the same and we have long known this. Choose cruelty-free at the checkout and hit the companies where it hurts the most!!!!! Then they might act faster, one can only hope. Janelle S
  • Utterly disgusting…and typical! Yet again our government shows their complete disregard for animal torture (specifically in terms of cosmetic testing)… or more general (in terms of live export)… or even labelling palm oil in all products (which would enable thousands of consumers to avoid using palm oil (and help orangutans etc). They won’t even think about an independent body for animal welfare… (but of course they don’t want anything independent to flag cruelty issues do they).   All they think about is the $$$ and God help us if ADANI mine goes ahead! Sue S
  • I am disgusted by this and want to know who to contact to send a letter to so I can let the government know how outdated they are and how disappointed in them I am. Savannah B
  • The team of by-cosmetics are very angry with the Australian Government who are careless to the torture and suffering of the animals. Besides, they consider such deals as a standard of living. Stop staying deaf to the people’s request – let animals live! Andrey N, Indonesia
  • I can’t believe this government is going to allow animals to suffer and be tortured for another 12 months. This is unacceptable. Mellita I
  • Politicians lie about almost everything, so it was predictable that they would lie about caring for animals being tortured. Wendy P
  • Appeal to the government of Australia. I ask you to consider the urgent need for the introduction in Australia, for example, the EU ban on animal testing of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients. Due to anatomical and physiological differences humans and animals testing on animals is ineffective and even dangerous. For example, from scientific observation it is known that morphine calms humans, but excites cats. Aspirin is poisonous to cats, penicillin is highly toxic to guinea pigs. Animal studies showed no carcinogenic effect on the human of asbestos which has been identified subsequently. The testing of cosmetics on animals is a disgusting business, especially when animals – like rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, cats and dogs to blind and poison to duty test lipstick or shampoo. I believe that the ban of animal testing for the cosmetic industry and promotion of modern, adequate to the present achievements of mankind humane alternative methods in the best way will affect image and foreign investments in the cosmetic industry. Ilia L, Indonesia
  • Appears Australia is a primitive and third world country after all. Nothing changes. Sharyn D
  • Every day that goes by with animals needlessly suffering is a day of blight upon the powers that could easily stop it. Marion B
  • I am so disappointed by this news, having been incredibly pleased and buoyed by the original decision to ban animal-tested cosmetics.  It seems such a weak decision, indicative either of no actual will to change this terrible situation or being completely under the sway of big corporations. What is the extra time needed for?  Cosmetics do not need to be tested on animals, this has been known for a long time, in which case just stop doing it!  With so many other, much smaller, companies and businesses able to produce cosmetics without animal testing, how can any other businesses say that they need time in order to move to doing it this way? It is utterly abhorrent that this momentous decision has been delayed.  It gives me no confidence that it will ever actually happen.  I also find it pathetic – but perhaps meaningful – that this news was provided in an underhand way.  The fact that it was not openly broadcast seems to suggest that at some level, some in government recognise that animal testing is indefensible and disgusting; but they still choose to look away and allow it to continue. Valerie P
  • I am wondering why they need yet more time to do this. Another year will mean another year of suffering for animals, which is not acceptable. Sue B
  • My reaction is one of anger.  So typical of governmental decisions to change when they suit them.  Why have they changed their decision?  Who and why is someone paying them enough money to change this?  (I know it shouldn’t be said that there is an exchange of money, but it always comes down to this!).  If money wasn’t involved, there would be zero animal cruelty.  Why has this decision changed?  Real answers needed, not a walk around the truth! Kerry C
  • I am a medical practitioner with a background in chemistry.  I do not believe that there is any valid reason (apart from laziness and unwillingness to change) to continue to test products on animals.  It is a cruel, outdated, and unnecessary option. As a human being, I am disgusted that so much suffering goes on so that pointless products that do not advance humanity in any way.  Where products are of value, there are alternatives. I think that, if that average Australian understood the real cost of their product, they would be appalled.  Please do not back off this very important change.  I hope that one day we will look back on cruelly produced products with as much horror as we now look on other injustices (e.g. women’s suffrage, or the right to free speech).  We live in a first world, well-educated country, and there is no excuse for causing misery in the name of “cosmetics”. Dr Lyn E
  • I have been so disappointed in this government. I am not surprised that the holy dollar has won again. People have to stop supporting these wretched companies. Hit them in the hip pocket and they’ll start to listen. People don’t know that they’re supporting cruelty. How do we get the word out that multinational conglomerates like Unilever, who make products from soup to laundry detergent, test on animals? We need to name names because at the moment people are shopping blind. Josephine V
  • I think it is disgusting they are delaying the ban on cosmetic testing on animals.   Who in their right mind would ever think is was ok to inflict such cruelty on an innocent animal.   It just doesn’t make sense.   I do not buy any cosmetic or any other product tested on poor defenceless animals.  It is a crime!!! The government should go further and ban all animal testing. Judy S
  • I am devastated by this about turn by the government. Once again they show a lack of leadership and moral backbone when it comes to lobbying and payments by industry. I was a lifelong Liberal supporter until I learnt how little the Coalition / Barnaby Joyce care about animals and their suffering. My votes now go to the Animal Justice Party. Paul A
  • Animals need protection not procrastination for the benefit of profit. Menka K
  • The suffering of animals in Australia is not considered to be important enough to implement vital change. We want animal testing banned now. We want suffering and abuse to stop now. This ban needs to start July 1st 2017 and no later. Michelle H
  • “Australians can be confident that cosmetics made in Australia will not be tested on animals in Australia.”   To the Coalition Government, I’d just like to check that I’ve got this right. (i) 1 July 2017 is now 1 July 2018. (ii) You intend to ban something (eventually) that doesn’t take place here much anyway. (iii) You propose to let the cosmetics industry regulate itself through a voluntary code of conduct.  So, rather than take this opportunity to implement a comprehensive ban (which could and should take into consideration animal test data obtained outside of Australia; foreign market regulatory requirements for mandatory animal-testing; and include a ban on the sale, import, manufacturing and marketing of animal-tested cosmetics produced by companies anywhere; etc) you are going to do nothing that will help consumers make informed choices based on independent review; and you are going to do nothing to prevent any animal suffering or save any animal lives.  Thanks for nothing. Wendy H
  • I am disgusted by the Government’s decision to delay the implementation of a ban on animal testing in Australia. Especially after the time everyone took to participate in the submission.  I was literally just telling my hair dresser on the weekend that the animal testing ban on cosmetics isn’t far away now. Whilst I am upset about the decision by the Coalition, I am not surprised. They care more about business & profit over animal welfare.  Australia desperately needs an Independent Animal Welfare body, who can work to keep the Government on track with such initiatives.  There is simply no excuse for Australia to be lagging behind in this area of law regarding animal testing. You are putting thousands of innocent creatures as risk because you couldn’t meet the promised deadline. This is simply not good enough.  Until the last election I always voted for Liberal Party as my family did, however until you put animal welfare on the agenda you will never have my vote.  We will not give up fighting for animals rights.  Belinda H
  • Thank you for preparing the submission on our behalf. You guys do great work. I’m disgusted and appalled that our lazy and spineless government will not implement a policy so essential for our animal friends. Who made the biggest political donation? Was it Alphapharm? Or AstraZeneca? Luisa S
  • Totally disgusting that this barbaric practice is still continuing in this century. Danielle W
  • Absolutely dreadful.  So many beautiful cruelty-free cosmetics to be had.  Totally unnecessary, cruel and unethical.  Why the delay?  The mind boggles.  Must be something to do with money and jobs. Jackie W
  • I can’t comprehend this inhumane barbaric testing. Stop this animal torture and ban this despicable practise as promised. Sally O
  • Deeply disappointing and disturbing that countless other animals need to suffer up until 1 July 2018 to provide industry with a transition period and align with broader industrial chemical reforms. Animal testing NEVER should have happen in the past, should happen in the present or future. It shows the utter barbaric nature of humans! M. B.
  • This is inexcusable and downright painful to hear. Obviously not as painful as the experience for these poor defenceless animals who have no voice. We need to be their voice and do what we can to stop this unnecessary torture. It breaks my heart to think what they go through for humans. I appreciate your ongoing battle to stop animal cruelty. Jemma C
  • I am horrified and devastated by this hidden part of the Budget. There is absolutely no need to put off the date of becoming a cruelty-free country! If it takes a cosmetic company a year to stop animal testing, what are they hiding? The companies that continue to test products on animals have had ample warning, and they should be held to account immediately. They would comply if made to, so they can continue to reap their un-deserved profits. Sue F
  • Horrendous. Very upsetting that the government changes the date by 12 months. These people knew the deadline, but obviously ignored it. Consequence – now more animals have to suffer! Not good enough!!! De’arne D
  • I would like to inform you that I am saddened by this federal government by not keeping their promises.  However, I should not be surprised.  This government stands for big business, and the rich end of the country.  It does not stand for the rest of us.  They have continuously shown that they do not listen to the “little” people.  I am appalled that they have delayed their promise to end animal testing.  The lives of innocent animals are at stake. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering these poor creatures go through just to help us look better!  We do not need animal testing on cosmetics anymore as there is advanced computer modelling to do this for us.  Other countries have stopped animal testing on cosmetics, so why can’t Australia?  When it comes to animal welfare, why is Australia so far behind the rest of the world?  I always use products which are not tested on animals (including cleaning products). I support your campaign to fight this, and wish you success. Kay M
  • You know, I had a feeling we’d get this news.  I haven’t seen the products on the shelves in supermarkets and other stores change at all so it doesn’t surprise me that it will take another 12 months.  I am so angry that the government has been so slack in implementing the ban.  When will they put themselves in the place of the animals that are being tortured and see for themselves how cruel animal testing really is?!! Renata W
  • Gutless cruel money hungry people run this county. Shame on Australian politicians.  Rheusuin B
  • Thank you for inviting us all to share comments with you by return email. I read that no permits for animal testing had been applied for in at least the last two years – maybe I misunderstood this and many existing permits are still in use. However the whole process is already incredibly cautious with extensive leeway being given to industry whilst countless animals suffer. “Due care” in regards to the welfare of laboratory animals is really only lip service if you consider that it is based upon a set of rules completely separate from those governing the rights of humans or pets. You can say that welfare regulations are being adhered to for any situation if you only make the standards low enough. No animal should have its body used for experimentation when it has every right to a natural life, independent of human interference. Animal testing is an archaic and arguably unscientific practice anyway, with comprehensive alternatives having been available for a long time. These alternatives are designed to deliver results more relevant to humans than other species, making them a more desirable option in terms of animal AND human welfare. Europe is doing it; please keep the pressure on Australian industry to hurry up and conform to leading international practices in terms of the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients. Mariko M
  • Thanks for the update. I would like to pass onto the government that it is totally unacceptable for such a delay. In a country where so many love pets including dogs,  cats, rabbits and horses along with others like mice and guinea pigs… any use of animals for cruel experimentation is totally unacceptable.  Government’s must strive for total humanity and empathy instead of using excuses like ‘the economy’ to push aside important ethical causes and banning the use of using animals for testing is such a cause. Frances W
  • I am so sorry to hear that the Governments promise to save thousands of animals lives will not happen for another 12 months.  How disappointing is that.  It is the 21st century after all and these awful tests can be done in other ways, not using defenceless animals.  Pat J
  • This absolutely saddens me that this is not a priority; once again Australia is so far behind with moving us forward – it’s actually embarrassing. Companies have had long enough and have amazing leaders to gain information from. It’s completely unnecessary especially considering there are so many other cruelty free options. I’m speechless and the only things I can think to say are swear words which would not be appropriate for a letter!   Mel T
  • I am just sitting here bewildered and very upset.  The Australia Government do not need to carry on the suffering of any animals and do have the power to stop this immediately. This is senseless and barbaric and needs to stop NOW and I will help however I can to make this happen. Keep up the good work and keep fighting for these poor defenceless animals who do not ask to be tortured their whole lives. Jenni K
  • In Germany animal testing for cosmetics/body care been officially banned not so long ago, BUT: ss soon as a product contains any medically effective ingredient, like f. ex. hyaluronic acid or nano particles, it may still be tested – then the tests are declared to be medical tests GRRR!!! Marion F
  • It makes me cry. Joanne T
  • I was disappointed to hear that Australia will take another year to impose the ban on cosmetic testing on animals. This is so sadly true of many countries, as we here in Canada are just debating such a bill (Bill S-214) in our parliament.  For some reason we are not able to elect government officials who care about animals. I am not sure why this is so. We, as the voting constituents, must educate our politicians so that they understand that we will no longer tolerate abuse against animals.  We must also educate people in general that there are many cruelty free options so that we no longer need to use animals. I believe there is a change happening so that the following things will soon come to an end: fur farming, medical testing on animals, seal hunt in Canada, testing of cosmetics on animals. All of these practices are completely unnecessary.  The abuse that the animals suffer is beyond imagining.  We have taken away their freedom, their bodies and their natural environments for them to live. All government officials should be required to read a new book entitled, “The Animal’s Agenda” by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce.  This book takes us through the changes that the world needs to recognize, that of moving from an animal welfare paradigm to an animal well-being paradigm.  I urge the Australian government to take the lead in animal rights so that other countries can follow suit. Be a leader, Be empathetic, Do no Harm, Let Animals Live!!!!! Judith G, Canada
  • It is extremely sad that animal suffering, in the cosmetic industry, will continue for another year due to slowness in implementing the ban on testing cosmetics on animals. Sue B
  • I’m disappointed, upset, sad, cross, angry. But stunned? No, because we know we can’ trust politicians to follow through. They have broken their promises so many times before. But we must never give up. Thank you to all at ‘Choose Cruelty Free’ for being a voice, a big voice, for the animals.  I wish I had better words to help and I hope your words can sway the government. What I would say to politicians is please, please have some empathy with these beautiful animals. It’s already been proven that there are other ways to test without hurting animals. Be brave for a change and stand up for the animals. Ban testing on animals now, now, today. Gayle S
  • It is sad news!! I hope you can show authorities how wrong they are. Maria H, Brazil
  • Many thanks for the update. A crucial update!  We have to wonder……is the government really serious about saving animals and moving Australia forward into the real world? I have my doubts. They (government) continue to keep our country in the dark ages and as part of the dark and criminal world of animal torture. Rather shameful and embarrassing I have to say. I hope someone takes them into a lab and makes them watch and listen for a whole day all the animals that are subjected to the horror of “animal testing”. The least they can do for making such a dumb decision.  Thanks again for encouraging us to have our say. Vanessa H
  • Delaying this ban for even one more minute, never mind one more year, is despicable, cruel, and downright inhumane. Purposely torturing any living creature is horrifying and should be an immediate criminal offense punishable by the highest laws. This torture testing is not allowed on the most heinous, evil humans (i.e. serial killers, rapists, etc…) who have no remorse and eternally remain a danger to society. Why should this be allowed to happen to innocent living creatures who have no voice to defend themselves,  when it’s blatantly obvious they FEEL the pain and are suffering from this torture testing?!! STOP THE TORTURE NOW!!!! Wendy L
  • As a human being and tax payer I demand these companies stop all cruel animal testing immediately and I along with family and friend pledge to ban the use of any and all products from companies that continue to torture! Lisa L
  • I support Australia implementing a timely and much awaited ban on animal-tested cosmetics before 1 July 2018! The statement about introducing a ban on cosmetic testing on animals from 1 July 2017 is misleading when in fact the intention is a phased implementation FROM 1 July 2017. My clear recollection at election time was that the ban would commence as of 1 July 2017 AND that cosmetics made in Australia would not be tested in Australia but FURTHERMORE I recall the promise that cosmetics made in Australia would not contain ingredients tested on animals overseas.  There are many consumers that have not touched cosmetics tested on animals for many, many years and industry would do themselves a favour to conform to not testing on animals sooner rather than later in the interest of increased sales. There is no need to wait for broader industrial chemical reforms. On a personal level, I have been using cosmetics with no animal testing since 1988 and have since encouraged awareness in others that also share the same beliefs. Ban animal testing TODAY. Mary D
  • Mr Turnbull. How could you delay this ban for 12 more months? Thousands more poor, innocent sentient animals will suffer which is totally unnecessary, unacceptable and downright cruel. There is absolutely no reason not to impose the ban on 1st July 2017 as promised. There is plenty of research and evidence available as an alternative to testing cosmetics on animals. Please, I beg you. Impose this ban as promised on 1st July 2017. Jacqueline N
  • Honestly just devastated by this news. This is disturbing and shocking and utterly disgraceful. We are custodians to the animals and their voice when theirs is ignored. It is our government’s responsibility to bring the end to animal testing sooner rather than later. And leave others out who want to take advantage of the “transition time”. Now is the future – there is no need for animals testing whatsoever. We can grow artificial tissue from stem cells that would give the most accurate reading on how chemicals affect human skin and whatsoever chemical fallout would occur. I hope the government changes soon. Kate H
  • Bloody Politicians!!!!!  Why can we not torture them for a wee while – that may prompt them into a reasonable ban on the suffering of others. Lynette S
  • It is absolutely outrageous that the date has been drawn out for another year. I shudder to think of the number of animals who will be unnecessarily tortured and killed after the previous alleged date. No wonder people lose faith in their government. Lyndi C
  • This is absolutely terrible and just shocking. In a world where we have an abundance of knowledge about animals and how they do feel pain, feel both physically and psychologically, this is just unacceptable. They are living creatures with nervous systems and the physiological ability to feel immense pain and trauma. Please stop this inhumane treatment of animals. We all know it’s wrong. Just stop. Demi M
  • Terribly disappointing and a missed opportunity for the government to do the right thing. Animal testing on cosmetics is unnecessary and cruel and it’s unconscionable that the government have delayed the ban. Carly G
  • It is absolutely barbaric and unnecessary to test products on animals. The Australian Government needs to drag itself into the 21st century, and not delay any further the complete ban on all animal testing. Gayle B
  • Why can’t these people keep their word?   Animals are not like us. It is just sickening. Bunty J
  • This is distressing and disgusting. There is no need to torture animals for the vanity of first world affluent women. Make these practices illegal now. Thank you for the work you do on behalf of animals. Susan F
  • In my opinion, there is no reason why the cosmetic testing industry should be given an extra 12 months to torture animals unnecessarily. The industry has been given enough notice, they know from overseas experience what to expect and I don’t want to see any more animals suffer for the sake of some bloody cosmetics! I am very disappointed in this decision by the Commonwealth Government. Stephen R
  • I was shocked to read that the federal government will now not be banning animal testing for cosmetics until a year later than it promised. This is another broken promise by this government. Many more animals will now continue to endure painful and invasive tests. This is a disgrace when most other countries banned such cruel tests years ago, including the European Union.  The industry has had years to prepare for this ban. The government should institute the ban immediately as promised. Jan K
  • Are they kidding?  Another 12 months of torture when they (the politicians) couldn’t stand 5 minutes.  Politicians have let us and the animals down. Maree D
  • There is no excuse to continue treating animals in this cruel and inhumane way for even a moment longer. Simply put, nothing can justify cruelty to animals in any form. Jack S
  • Disgusting… I thought Australia was a humane society. Carol C
  • Very disappointing, we were expecting it to happen this year. Saddened and angered by this news, do not understand how such a significant delay could possibly be necessary. Unacceptable. Stephanie D
  • I am so disgusted at this decision or lack of. How typical. Sue H
  • Real beauty is not dependent on an animal’s suffering. There are alternative ways of making cosmetics safe.  Pamela L
  • What an absolute disgrace. Another broken promise. Karen D
  • Thank you for alerting me to this delay and for the work you do in seeking to have this barbaric and outdated process banned.  I cannot begin to express the breadth and depth of my disappointment in reading this news.  The proposed ban was such a step forward out of cruelty and I just ache for the animals that will continue to suffer and die as a result of this ban. Thank you again for your work and your vigilance. Christine B
  • This news is very upsetting… when will this barbaric torment stop??? Linda L
  • I’m appalled at the government’s decision. It’s another example of its preference for business and profits over ethics and values. To permit companies to act in this way is as immoral as the act itself.  Unfortunately we can’t rely on the moral compass of certain companies and laws are needed. Urgently, without any delay.  Cherie S
  • Devastatingly disappointing. So it was mere political spin from a disingenuous govt?! Pamela P
  • This delay is just not acceptable. Another broken promise. Will we ever be able to trust our politicians? Ann C
  • This is an absolutely disgusting outrage!!!! These animals shouldn’t have to suffer for one more second let alone another year!!!! Nicole T
  • The Australian Government should be ashamed! There is no need to transition to a period of no cruelty! Alison C
  • I am writing to express my dismay at the continuation of animal cruelty in the testing of products of any kind. This form of discrimination fires the outrage of Speciesism. Contemporary Western Society stands to prosper in terms of social evolution – at this critical period in time when we are on the threshold of confirming extra-terrestrial life – are we really so unready and so unworthy! We must mature as a species, the time has come, this is the majority call – if we disrespect species, we perpetuate the disrespect within our own species – racism. To me, and I’m sure many other thinkers, Racism is somewhat of the ‘little brother’ to Speciesism. Speciesism is much, much bigger. Specieists are never going to be welcome off planet. Good God, when will the politicians be seen to take the moral high ground? Cruelty to animals in a modern western society is an aberration. Covert torture. Abominable suffering! For no better reason than ‘it’s cheaper’. Please convey my utter disappointment with the government on the ‘phasing in’ process. How about a more appropriate criminal charge with substantial jail terms for crimes against animals and thus morality? The Parker Family
  • This is a travesty the ban should be immediate.  All testing should be condemned and never allowed again. Jill H
  • I am appalled and seriously disappointed to hear that the coalition government of Australia has delayed the promised ban on animal testing on cosmetics. It is a disgusting, barbaric, cruel, inhumane practice, and we have no need of it in the 21st century. Surely we are better than this? Surely we can do better for our animals than this? This is the exact sort of broken promise and feet-dragging that turns people to vote for the greens. Please feel free to forward my remarks to wherever you think they might reach sympathetic ears. Thank you for all the work you do on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. Patti F
  • This is totally unacceptable and unnecessary. There are far more accurate and cruelty free testing methods that could be employed. This delay disgusts me. Gillian B
  • This is very disappointing and calls into question the coalition government’s commitment to ending animal testing. And what happens in July 2018 if industry isn’t ready to implement the ban then? Will they get another year?  Ruth F
  • This is distressing and heartbreaking.  I feel helpless to stop the suffering of these poor animals who have committed no crime.  I can’t understand how anyone can allow this testing to continue. Jill W
  • I am absolutely outraged that the Turnbull government is putting political gain and point scoring in place of its promise – yes, PROMISE – to place an immediate ban on live animal experiments! It is just so sadly, cynically typical that craven, lying politicians are once again attempting to crawl back on their given word in a move that will result in the suffering of innocent, voiceless animals bred for the sole reason of suffering for an utterly needless reason. How would you explain this move of yours to children Mr Turnbull? Sue S
  • I am outraged, and bitterly disappointed, by this backflip by the government regarding this ban. I am involved with animal welfare organisations, not only in Australia but overseas also, and have been spreading what seemed like great news far and wide. It is not only Australians who will be aware of this delay by the government. Some overseas organisations working towards the end of animal testing for cosmetics saw this as a very positive more, likely to set a precedent for governments of other countries. It doesn’t entirely surprise me though. We have been disappointed on other occasions by successive governments regarding animal welfare issues, and you really have to wonder what the real incentive is for this government to delay the implementation of the ban. The cosmetic industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and they were never going to give in easily. I am sure they will have been fighting in every way possible to delay or overturn the original decision.  Has the ban been delayed in the hope that we will forget it was ever even mentioned and the issue will be quietly forgotten altogether? Well, I won’t and I will ensure that my contacts locally and overseas will not either. I am utterly disgusted by the government’s weakness. They had to opportunity to be leaders in this area and have chosen the spineless way out.  I have to wonder if the government received an offer ‘too good to refuse’. Kerry S
  • Typical, Animal and Environment issues are always put down the list. No Animal should suffer for the sake of a Cosmetic product, how vain are people. Sharon H
  • They surely must be joking. They have stated that the ban on animal testing data is not expected to negatively affect sales so why isn’t this ban starting July 2017. Why is Australia dragging the chain on implementing the ban? Are we a third world country whose people may not know any better? These barbaric, cruel and useless practices must stop now. Angela D
  • Delays will cause untold suffering. The transition should have already been taken in to account. With cutting edge green chemistry widely available, there is no longer the need to put sentient beings through this. Marlene H
  • Taken aback that our Government has decided to delay banning animal testing/cruelty by twelve months which prolongs animal suffering. Helen S
  • Very disappointing news. Industry will take as long to ‘transition’ as it’s given. There’s no need for animals to continue to suffer and die for another 12 months. Persephone N
  • How disappointing. Keep up the good work and fight the good fight! Leith D
  • This is terrible- all living beings need our protection not pain and suffering. There are natural items such as plants to use for everything so there is absolutely NEVER a need to torture a beautiful creature. Please stop this vile practice immediately. Amanda M
  • I am absolutely disgusted by this. I can’t believe that animal lives are worth absolutely nothing by some and that in the year 2017 animal testing is still going on. Ashamed and disgusted. Luisa C
  • I’m so disappointed at this push back of the expected cruelty free laws. Has the government thought about the fact that animals will suffer and die before 1 July 2017? How many animals will suffer the torture and pain? Many, many will suffer and die. All in the name of what? The companies that continue to use such cruel methods already have access to historical testing. We live in 2017 and it is no longer necessary to test on animals but these companies continue and persist in this barbaric practice. They lost me as a customer a long time ago! Louise G
  • Angry and disappointed! Anthea M

News from Australia

To assist regulated entities to adequately prepare for compliance with the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), the Australian Government has decided to defer commencement of the scheme until 1 July 2019The new commencement date also means that the aspects of the implementation of the election commitment and the 2017-18 Budget measure to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals that are included in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 will also be delayed until 1 July 2019.  (9 March 2018)

The Department of Health notes a major delay to the implementation of a national Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals (9 May 2017)

The Department of Health (Australia) engaged Hall & Partners to conduct a wide-ranging survey on the proposed ban on animal-tested cosmetics and released an accompanying Background Paper (November 2016)

The Coalition Government (Australia) announces that “a re-elected Turnbull Government will ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals. The ban will take effect from 1 July 2017, providing industry and retailers with a defined and reasonable transition period.” (June 2016)

Australian Labor Party MP Clare O’Neil introduces the Ethical Cosmetics Bill 2016 to the House of Representatives. (February 2016)

Seven of Australia’s leading animal protection organisations have written to Australia’s Minister for Rural Health, Senator Fiona Nash, urging the government to bring forward meaningful legislation to ban animal testing of cosmetics and the sale of cosmetics newly animal tested abroad. (January 2016)

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon launches a comprehensive Ending Cruel Cosmetics campaign. (June 2015)

The Australian Greens confirm that all cosmetics tested on animals would be banned in Australia under their proposal. (March 2014)

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today announced that a re-elected Labor Government would lead a national consultation on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale, and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. (August 2013)

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