Join with Humane Research Australia to stop cruel testing on animals

Animal testing in Australia

In Australia, up to 6.5 million animals annually are used in futile and cruel experiments. Most animals are killed during or after experiments. The public is generally denied access to the facts around animal experiments in any real detail.

Animals are not only used in medical research – they are also used to test products such as shampoos, cleaners, and makeup.

In order to test the irritancy, toxicity, carcinogenicity and teratogenicity (resulting in deformed offspring) of non-essential products like a new lipstick, shampoo or toilet cleaner, animals are subjected to very cruel and painful tests. These can include administration of the compound being tested by applying to abraded skin, application to the eyes, orally and intravenously. Aside from the obvious pain caused by these procedures, stress is also caused from handling, restraint and other routine laboratory procedures.

It is illegal in Australia to test cosmetics on animals. Whilst it is not explicitly ‘banned’ in all states, it would not accord with the justification requirements of the Code, and thus would be illegal. However, the problem lies in that many popular products in supermarkets have been tested on animals, and this is because there is no law to prevent Australian and International companies from carrying out cruel animal tests overseas before selling their products here.

Humane Research Australia

Humane Research Australia feels that putting non-consenting, highly sentient, beings through the pain and suffering caused by cosmetic research cannot be justified considering that humane, proven and safe alternatives are available right now, and significant reforms in banning animal testing have already been implemented in the UK and the EU.

In collaboration with Choose Cruelty Free, HRA is working with international groups to call for a global boycott of products that have been tested on animals. By joining forces they hope to create a strong united voice against animal testing.

Supporting Humane Research Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Humane Research Australia as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

One of the easiest and most important things you can do to help end product testing is to NEVER purchase any cosmetic or household product that has been tested on animals. To find out which products are genuinely ‘cruelty free’ you can check CCF’s Preferred Product List. They also have an app you can download to ensure your list is always with you when shopping.

You can also write to, call or email The Hon. Peter Dutton, Minister for Health, to call for a ban.

PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6277 4884
Email: Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au

Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/australians-for-cruelty-free-cosmetics

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