Target: Member of Parliament Mojo Mathers
Goal: Extend New Zealand’s ban on animal testing to include cosmetics
New Zealand was one of the first countries to place an international ban on animal testing. These laws however, did not specifically include testing on animals within the cosmetics industry and both members of the country’s Parliament and the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association are pushing for a ban. More countries imposing bans will force the rest of the world to keep up and the momentum needs to keep moving in that direction.
Member of Parliament Mojo Mathers sponsored the revision to New Zealand’s animal welfare laws. The animal charity Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) is also leading a campaign called Be Cruelty-Free NZ along with Humane Society International. New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act 1999 restricted animal testing, but no specific details were included regarding cosmetics. MP Mathers’ revision will change the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill to not only include the use of animals in experiments related to cosmetic products, but also clearly ascribe it as a punishable offense.
The New Zealand based Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association has already offered its support for the bill. “Calls for amendment to the Animal Welfare Act to exclude testing on Animals for Cosmetics in New Zealand are supported by the New Zealand industry,” said Executive Director Garth Wyllie. There are currently no cosmetic companies in New Zealand that perform tests on animals so it will have no effect on the industry. The new law is intended to prevent the potential for any such testing in the future.
India, Israel, the European Union, and Sao Paulo in Brazil, have already banned the use of animals in testing cosmetics, and Australia, South Korea, Brazil, and the United States are currently in the legislative process. A global ban is in the near future of more countries keep getting involved.
Please sign the petition below to support this legislation and ban cosmetic animal testing in New Zealand.
Dear MP Mathers,
You recently proposed a bill that will update the current animal welfare laws banning experimentation to include those within the cosmetics industry. Several countries around the world have already legislated bans and many more are currently in the process. Although there are no cosmetics companies currently testing on animals in New Zealand, I applaud your effort to ensure it isn’t a possibility in the future and to keep up with animal welfare around the world.
Thank you so much for your commitment to protecting animals from unnecessary harm and inhumane treatment. I hope this bill passes so that we can soon see a global end to cosmetic animal testing.
[Your Name Here]
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