New Zealand Bans Animals Testing for Cosmetics
After animal rights organizations lobbied for a ban on animal testing for cosmetics in the country, the New Zealand government has listened and turned the ban into law.
Greens MP Mojo Mathers, who worked to pass the ban, stated that the ban would not have become a reality without the pressure from people like Miss Universe NZ who rallied against cosmetics animal testing along with other groups. Their efforts were what made the topic, a “very important issue for New Zealanders” according to Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who added the ban to the Animal Welfare Bill.
Now that products made in the country will not be testing on animals, advocates for animal rights are saying the next step is to ban the import of products made elsewhere that have been tested on animals since 90 percent of cosmetics bought in New Zealand come from abroad.
The country’s Cosmetic Association supports that idea and its executive director, Garth Willie, added that boycott could be possible.
New Zealand follows in the footsteps of India, Norway and the European Union in prohibiting the cruel tests run on animals for the cosmetics industry. Those tests include the forceful feeding of poison and other extremely painful experiments on animals like bunnies, Beagles, rats and monkeys.
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