There is no legal ban on animal testing in the country of New Zealand and animal rights advocates say this means that it shows a lack of prevention. In other words, products that are currently being tested on animals overseas are legally being sold in the country.
Which countries have legal bans on animal testing for cosmetics? Since 2009, countries throughout Europe have made the list. The same goes for Israel and they were just made official in India last month.
SAFE, an organization committed to banning all cosmetic animal testing is trying to get a law passed in New Zealand for both the ban on animal testing and the sale of animal-tested products too. The organization is attempting to get the public involved to reach out to the Prime Minister by signing a pledge and by becoming a part of international Be Cruelty Free campaign on its website.
According to Australian consumer watchdog Choice, earlier this year it was found that companies such as MAC, Maybelline, Revlon, Clinique and L’Oreal test their products on animals routinely.
New Zealanders were being asked to participate this week in SAFE’s Cruelty Free Week, and this coming Friday will be make-up-free Bare Your Face Day. One day, people are being asked to go without make-up in support of a proposed ban on animal-tested cosmetics.
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