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The Australian Government just passed a bill to end animal testing

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Yes to this.

In great news, the Senate has just passed a bill to effectively ban cosmetic testing on animals in Australia.

The Industrial Chemical Charges Bill 2017, was first introduced into the House of Representatives in June 2017 and agreed on in October.

Despite being introduced into the Senate the following day, there hasn’t been any further action until now.

The bill sees the government commit to an agreement with Humane Society International. It dictates 11 measures to ensure that all cosmetic ingredients are included in the ban, as well as funding to support the uptake of non-animal test methods.

And despite not having any explicit ban on animal testing in the bill, moving forward, Australia will no longer accept the results of animal testing as proof of a product’s safety or efficiency. In effect, this renders animal-testing in Australia as redundant, as cosmetic brands will need to prove their products are safe and work through other methods of testing.

“Today we are celebrating a major win in the fight to end animal testing,” said The Body Shop’s Marketing and Corporate Responsibility Director, Shannon Chrisp.

“The Body Shop has been on a mission to end cosmetic animal testing globally for over 30 years, so to have this bill passed in Australia is fantastic progress. Hopefully, we will see more governments around the world follow suit.”

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