Makeover the World

Update Friday, 3rd of June 2016: RSPCA Australia has congratulated the Coalition for listening to Australians’ concerns about the use of live animals in cosmetics testing, with its announcement today that it will introduce legislation to ban the practice, as well as the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

Thank you all those that Took Action on this cause, many of you reached out and voiced your concerns to the companies below and made a real difference.

Read the Media Release

Many people believe that animal testing in cosmetics is a thing of the past, but the sad truth is that thousands of animals worldwide still suffer in the name of beauty.

An estimated 27,000 animals are still being used for cosmetics testing across the world. This includes the use of mice, rats and rabbits in tests which can cause pain and distress. This is unacceptable!

While cosmetic companies don’t test their products on animals here in Australia many well-known brands do test their products or ingredients on animals elsewhere in the world which then end up for sale on our shelves. There is much debate surrounding a need for legislative change to stop this, which is fantastic, but we think cosmetic products that have been tested on animals should not be sold anywhere in the world. There are already more than 20,000 chemical ingredients available to producers of cosmetics products that are considered to be safe, so there is no excuse for any more animals to suffer.

Partnering with RSPCA UK to launch this global movement we need you to join us as we call on top national and international cosmetics companies to Makeover the World by committing:

  • not to use animals to develop new products or ingredients,
  • to no longer market products in countries where animal testing is a requirement, and
  • to help further the development of humane alternative testing methods.

Doing these three things will prevent future unnecessary suffering of thousands of animals every year.

As a consumer you have the power to encourage these companies to change their ways. It’s time to take a stand and make sure no new cosmetic products or ingredients are tested on any animal, anywhere in the world!

Company policies in-depth

As a consumer it can sometimes be difficult to work out whether a cosmetics company is actually involved in animal testing or not.

Laws in Australia

While no animal testing for cosmetics currently takes place in Australia it's technically not illegal.

Testing in other areas

In addition to cosmetics testing on animals, $3 billion is spent annually worldwide on animal tests to ensure the safety of consumer products.

Cruelty-free cosmetics

Help! What do I buy?

The 'leaping bunny' is the internationally-recognised standard for cruelty-free cosmetics:

You can also find products via Choose Cruelty Free: