Animal Testing Abhored

animal testsPoll shows 9 out of 10 Kiwis oppose cosmetic tests on animals

By Alan Tristram                                                                                                          

The animal rights group SAFE says nearly 90% of Kiwis want cosmetics tests on animals banned.

The poll explained that internationally many of the ingredients used in making cosmetics like shampoos and lipsticks are first tested on animals.

A massive 88.9% of respondents said they support a ban on such testing in New Zealand, which would put the country in line with the European Union, India and Israel.

The poll conducted by Horizon Research reports that 88.8% said they agreed that ‘the practice of testing cosmetics on animals causes pain and suffering to animals and it is not worth causing this kind of suffering just for the sake of cosmetics, especially when there are already thousands of safe ingredients.

SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) campaign manager Mandy Carter says the poll results reflect just how strong public opinion is, surrounding cosmetics testing on animals.

“It is clear that a huge majority of Kiwis want to see a ban on cosmetics testing on animals enshrined in law.  With the Animal Welfare Act under review right now we believe it is the perfect time for politicians to take action and listen to the people.”

In New Zealand, animal testing for cosmetics is not explicitly required by law, but neither is it banned. SAFE wants to ensure that no rabbit, guinea pig or other animal is subjected to distressing and painful testing for the sake of beauty products, by getting a ban on cosmetics testing in the Animal Welfare Act.

The poll also comes with a stark warning for cosmetics companies. Of people who buy cosmetics, over 34% say they already do not buy cosmetics tested on animals. A further 53% say they would not buy a product if they knew it was tested on animals.

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Editor’s note:

Horizon Research surveyed New Zealanders on their attitudes towards cosmetics testing on animals

. The survey was of 2466 respondents in October 2013, with a margin of error of +/- 2%, across a nationwide, representative sample of the New Zealand population.

Respondents were told that:

Many of the ingredients used in making cosmetics, such as some shampoos and lipsticks, are first tested on animals.

The European Union, India and Israel have banned the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals.

Respondents were asked:

Which of these points of view is closest to your own when talking about testing cosmetics on animals?
A.     Companies should be free to develop and test new ingredients even if this means that pain and suffering may be caused to animals in the process. 4.5%
B.     This practice can cause pain and suffering to animals and it is not worth causing this kind of suffering just for the sake of cosmetics, especially when there are already thousands of safe ingredients.  88.8%

C.     Something else. (tell us what that is.)
 
6.6%

The European Union, India and Israel have banned the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals.

How supportive would you be of a ban on testing in New Zealand?

A Very supportive 69.8%
B. Somewhat supportive 19.1%
C. Neither supportive nor opposed 6.8%
D. Somewhat opposed  2.3%
E. Very opposed 1%
F. Not sure 1%

Which of the following apply to you?

A.     I don’t buy cosmetics. 48.3%
B.     I buy cosmetics and don’t buy ones which have been tested on animals. 17.6%
C.     I buy cosmetics and if I knew they were tested on animals I would not buy them. 28.2%
D.     I buy cosmetics but I don’t worry about whether they are tested on animals or not. 5.9%

Individual comments from respondents included:
“Cosmetics testing is unnecessary, particularly because many of the tests provide no useful comparison with humans. If anything, New Zealand should have been at the forefront of any move to ban animal testing, but I sincerely hope we can at least follow in the footsteps of other nations, and soon.”

“Cosmetics testing on animals in 2013 is barbaric and should absolutely NEVER happen.”

“There are many other options now, and many brands who manage to create good products without animal testing, so there is really no reason for this.”

“Testing of ingredients for cosmetics on animals is abhorrent and should be banned. There are plenty of other ways of finding suitable and safer ingredients for the cosmetics industry.”

“Should be banned, not necessary”

Go to www.safeshopper.org.nz for background information on the campaign.

 

 

 

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