The Turnbull government budget announcement on cruel cosmetics is a deceptive ploy designed to win votes at the next election, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
“The federal government’s cosmetic testing budget allocation is a publicity stunt that won’t end cosmetics tested on animals being sold in Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.
The 2017 federal budget allocates $2.1 million from the existing budget for the department of health to fund changes to the handling of cosmetic products tested on animals in Australia. The changes would not come in until the end of 2018.
“The government’s announcement that it will ban the use of animals for cosmetic testing by the end of 2018 is worthless. The industry has long said that they ended such testing in Australia nearly 30 years ago.
“If the government was serious about banning cruel cosmetics it would ban the import of animal tested cosmetic ingredients and the manufacturing of cosmetic products from these ingredients.
“The industry code of practice the government will introduce to manage claims on the labelling of cosmetic products will be voluntary. This is worthless. Codes of practice need to be mandatory.
“The main plank of the government plan is to ban the use of new data on cosmetic ingredients derived from animal tests conducted from 1 July 2018. This is deceptive. Once the information about animal tests is known the ban needs to be placed on the import of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals.
“The Greens End Cruel Cosmetics Bill was introduced in 2014. If passed it would ban the development, manufacturing, selling, advertising and importing into Australia cosmetic products and ingredients,” Senator Rhiannon said.