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Australia Passes Bill Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics Nationwide


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In a huge win for animals, the Australian Senate just signed a bill prohibiting animal testing for cosmetics across the country. Lawmakers passed the bill as part of Industrial Chemicals Bills 2017, a group of six bills regulating industrial chemicals down under. One section of the bills bans animal testing on ingredients intended for cosmetic purposes across Australia. Specifically, the bill puts a "ban on animal test data for applications for cosmetics."

Humane Society International (HSI) campaigned for the government to approve the bill, as per a press release on the organization's website. As the release explained, the bill includes 11 measures to make sure all forms of cosmetic animal testing are encapsulated by the ban. Additionally, the bill provides funding that will "support the development and uptake of modern non-animal test methods."