Be Cruelty-Free – join the campaign to ban cosmetic animal testing in Australia.

Be Cruelty-Free (BCF) Week

BCF Week in Australia was 10 – 16th March this year. BCF Week aims to raise awareness of the issue of cosmetics animal testing. The goal is to encourage consumers to shop cruelty-free and to voice their support for ending the practice of animal testing for cosmetics.

At this very moment in laboratories across the globe, animals are suffering in painful toxicity tests for cosmetics. Australia is supporting this cruel, outdated, and unnecessary practice by allowing the sale of animal-tested cosmetics to continue. An estimated 500,000 animals globally are used in cosmetics testing. In Australia, cosmetics animal testing is not explicitly required by law, but neither is it prohibited. Humane Research Australia (HRA), along with Humane Society International (HSI) and Choose Cruelty-Free (CCF), want to see legislation introduced to ensure that no rabbit, guinea pig or other animal is ever again subject to distressing cosmetics testing in Australia, as well as a sales ban on cosmetics animal-tested overseas.

Be Cruelty-Free Campaign

BCF Campaign is the leading global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all. HRA and CCF have joined with HSI to call for a ban of cosmetic animal testing and the sale of all newly animal-tested cosmetics in Australia.

Many celebrities worldwide have joined forces to combat this issue, including Leona Lewis, Ricky Gervais, Spice Girl Melanie C, Sir Roger Moore and Dame Judi Dench. In Australia, HRA’s campaign has the support of Pippa Black, an Australian actress, and Jona Weinhofen, vegan guitarist and vocalist with Australian metal band I Killed the Prom Queen.

“Animal testing is an ugly business, and I have zero tolerance for the cruelty and exploitation that violates any animal subject to these horrendous practices. Make-up enhances our beauty on the outside. Making strong, educated and compassionate choices allows our inner beauty to shine through. Please put your best face forward and join me in signing the pledge to Be Cruelty-Free.”
– Pippa Black

“Animals are awesome but sometimes how we treat them is heart-breaking. Using rabbits and
guinea-pigs to test cosmetics like shampoo and deodorant is so selfish and cruel. They are poisoned and killed just so we can look or smell better when there are plenty of cruelty-free products that do the same job without hurting a single animal. And it’s not just a girl thing — us guys use these products every day, too, so we need to speak up. I want blokes to embrace their inner bunny and support cosmetics without cruelty. Join the Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban cosmetics animal testing in Australia and worldwide.”
– Jona Weinhofen

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 HRA 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

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

Take Action!

No animal should have to suffer and die for the sake of a new shampoo or lipstick. All cosmetics should be cruelty-free!

Sign the global pledge to Be Cruelty-Free:

Buy Cruelty-Free products — we can all make a difference just by making simple changes in our daily lives:


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