Press Release – Be Cruelty Free
WELLINGTON (xx March 2015) – New Zealand has joined the growing list of progressive nations to ban cruel animal testing of cosmetics, following a two year campaign by #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand. An amendment to the Animal Welfare Act similar to that …Historic #BeCrueltyFree Campaign Victory as New Zealand Becomes First Australasian Country to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing
WELLINGTON (xx March 2015) – New Zealand has joined the growing list of progressive nations to ban cruel animal testing of cosmetics, following a two year campaign by #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand. An amendment to the Animal Welfare Act similar to that proposed by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers will be voted through today, a decision that reflects the desire of New Zealand’s consumers and cosmetics industry to ensure that animal testing of cosmetics can never take place in the country.
The #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand campaign led by Humane Society International, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society and Helping You Help Animals (HUHA) has been instrumental in achieving this victory for animals. #BeCrueltyFree worked closely with MP Mathers, and has gathered support from a large number of cosmetics companies such as LUSH, Antipodes, Wendyl’s and Kester Black as well as celebrities including Michelle Langstone (The Almighty Johnsons), Sam Bunkall (Shortland Street), netball champion Irene van Dyke, and a host of music stars such as Anna Coddington, MC Tali, Tiki Taane, Flip Grater, Rosa Dub, Brockaflower, and legendary Queen guitarist Brian May. In opinion polls more than 89 per cent of Kiwi consumers backed the ban, and more than 100,000 people signed #BeCrueltyFree petitions and e-cards.
Claire Mansfield, HSI’s Global #BeCrueltyFree Campaigns Director, said: “We are thrilled that New Zealand’s politicians have voted out cosmetics cruelty. This is a huge win for animal welfare and compassionate consumers, and yet another major victory for the #BeCrueltyFree campaign. Our mission is to turn the whole world cruelty-free, and now New Zealand joins the European Union, Norway, Israel and India in consigning animal testing of shampoo and lip stick to the history books where it belongs.”
The #BeCrueltyFree campaign also has legislative bans being considered in Australia, Brazil, Taiwan and the United States, as part of its global efforts to eradicate animal testing from the cosmetics industry. In such tests, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals can have chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their skin or fore fed to them in massive doses without pain relief. Under the revised Animal Welfare Act, animal testing of cosmetics will be illegal anywhere in New Zealand. But the AWA cannot impose restrictions on the import and sale of cosmetics animal tested abroad, so that is #BeCrueltyFree’s next goal.
Stephen Manson of NZAVS, for #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand, said “This is a positive step for New Zealand and brings us in line with the growing international move away from animal testing of cosmetics. We finally know for sure that no cosmetics testing on animals can occur in New Zealand. We hope that the next move by the government will be to end the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics. We can then play our full role in ending this practice globally.”