(COSMETIC ANIMAL TESTING) In response to heavy campaigning from animal rights groups and the Green Party to end animal testing for cosmetics, New Zealand is now the latest country to ban the cruel practice.

Greens MP Mojo Mathers, who worked toward passing the ban, said it would not have been possible without public pressure from individuals such as Miss Universe NZ, who rallied alongside animal groups to stop the use of animals in cosmetic testing.

Cruelty Free International works solely on banning animal testing around the world. Photo credit: bbc.co.uk
Cruelty Free International works solely on banning animal testing around the world. Photo credit: bbc.co.uk

Without these efforts, animal testing would not have become a “very important issue for New Zealanders,” according to Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who was responsible for adding the ban to the Animal Welfare Bill.

However, because New Zealand produces only about 10 percent of cosmetic products sold in their country, activists currently have a new plan in motion to lobby for a ban on the import of cosmetics tested on animals internationally.

India, Norway, Israel, Brazil, and the European Union have also prohibited cosmetic companies from experimenting on animals, and many are calling on Australia to follow their lead. Some of these cruel experiments include force-feeding poison to animals such as bunnies, Beagles, rats, and monkeys–just to name a few.

TAKE ACTIONSign and share the petition urging your representative to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would make the U.S. one of the next countries to ban animal testing. Doing so will not only save animals’ lives, but it will pressure companies to stay competitive in a global market where an increasing number of countries are taking a stand against animal cruelty.

— Sabrina Clinkenbeard, exclusive to Global Animal

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