Week 25 Humane Research Australia (Australia)

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Some very good news recently – Australia is starting to catch up with NZ, bro!!

I am not sure why it isn’t being more widely celebrated, if my parents in law hadn’t given me a back copy of the Herald Sun (June 2 2016), I might have missed this altogether.

Cosmetics cruelty will be banned in Australia by July next year, the Federal Government pledged today, following a two year campaign by #BeCrueltyFree, led by Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International (Global).

Cosmetics tested on animals to be banned in Australia

THOUSANDS of cosmetics, including perfume, toothpaste and makeup, will be banned from stores after the Federal Government pledged to outlaw the sale of all products tested on animals.

From July next year any products that have been tested on animals, or which contain ingredients that have been tested on animals, will be prohibited.

This reform will bring Australia’s laws into line with laws in the European Union and in New Zealand.

But existing products won’t be pulled from shelves. The strict laws will apply only to new products.

The law will still allow “responsible animal testing” for medical tests and for drug development.

The Coalition hopes the move will see all products tested on animals, phased out of the local marketplace.

The RSPCA says major beauty brands including Estée Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon and Colgate are all involved in animal testing, with more than 27,000 animals — mainly rodents, rabbits and guinea pigs — still subjected to cosmetics testing.

The animal welfare group has long pushed for the change and says there are more than 20,000 safe chemical ingredients already available to manufacturers.


The RSPCA didn’t mention L’Oreal who are one of the worst offenders…and who own the Body Shop.  Please don’t support them.

Animal testing is not just putting ‘lipstick on a pig’…

Toxicity—LD50 test:

The traditional LD50 (lethal dose 50 percent) test forced animals, often rats and mice, to ingest chemicals to determine the dose that resulted in the death of 50 percent of the animals. The animals were, for example, force-fed by a tube inserted down the esophagus into the stomach, causing severe discomfort and extreme and unrelenting pain.

Eye irritancy—Draize test:

The Draize test measures the eye irritancy of chemicals and other products by dropping concentrated amounts of a test substance into an animal’s eye (often albino rabbits, who are docile and inexpensive) and then assessing the eye’s reactions using a subjective numeral score to indicate the level of eye damage and injury. In most instances, the conscious animals are immobilized in full body restraint stocks and remain unanaesthetized for up to 14 days for evaluation.

Skin irritation, corrosion, sensitization, and absorption tests:

Tests for skin irritation (level of damage caused to the skin by a substance) and corrosivity (potential of a substance to cause irreversible damage to the skin) are typically conducted on shaved rabbits using the classic Draize skin test, the lesser-known cousin of its ocular counterpart.

And these are just some of the delights animals are subjected to in the name of ‘research’…  For a fuller list see New England Anti Vivisection Society.

China is a major cause of utterly unnecessary animal suffering.  It not only doesn’t ban, but actually requires by law the animal testing of cosmetic products that have been been deemed safe for years, even in slightly more *ahem* ‘stringent’ countries.

Do they seriously think it is still 1950 over there?


If a brand sells its product in China, it can’t claim cruelty free status.

At present, it is a legal requirement in China for imported cosmetics to be tested on animals – mostly mice or rats, but also rabbits and guinea pigs. Britain banned the practice in 1998, while the European Union did so in 2013. Artificial skin cells are now used for safety tests.

Of course medical research globally continues unabated, and relatively unreformed.

In some ways I guess, is still 1950 in many laboratories…

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…but thankfully not in all….

Here is a list of Australian medical charities that don’t test on animals.

I propose an easy way to distinguish progressive, cruelty free laboratories from the cruel, animal testing kind.  The latter can have their names permanently changed to lavatories instead, for the shits you will find inside them.


Humane Research Australia


If a picture tells a thousand words, then each of these pictures also represent thousands of lives.

Humane Research Australia speaks out against animal experimentation at every opportunity. These are some of the issues they have focused on:


Ban Primate Experiments Campaign WebsiteThrough the Looking GlassChoosing Cruelty FreeHappy EndingsVoices from the LabsXenotransplantation: Trading in spare partsStopping the use of Pound Animals in Research Ban the importation of primates for researchUse of Fetal Calf SerumSay NO to disection

I wonder… if animals could cry in pain and fear just as humans do, would we treat them so ruthlessly?



And of course there is some bad news..the good news I guess is that it even made the news…

Vietnamese feedlot and abattoirs suspended from receiving Australian cattle following animal cruelty allegations

Lets just ban this truly bloody obscenity. NZ  has stopped live export for slaughter since 2007.

Keep up with your cousins, Australia-they’re way ahead. They’ve even got a laser kiwi flag.