Global campaign to end cosmetic testing on animals

• National Protest Tuesday 24.04.12
• Testing products on sentient animals purely for the sake of human vanity is outrageous and extremely unethical

Choose Cruelty Free
and Humane Research Australia have joined forces with Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics to launch the Australian arm of the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.

fat-2The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in forty-nine countries including New Zealand, the United States, Canada, India, Australia, South Korea and Russia.

Australians can mark their support by attending a Lush store at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th April and signing the petition and at the same time send a strong message to the Australian government that animal testing for cosmetics needs to be banned by law.

Troy Seidle, director of research & toxicology for Humane Society International, said: “Animal testing is the ugly secret of the beauty industry, and it’s time for it to stop. Thousands of animals such as rabbits and mice continue to endure chemical poisoning tests just to produce new lipsticks and shampoos, and that’s simply unacceptable in a modern society.”

In the EU animal testing of cosmetics is already banned and a sales ban is due to be implemented in March 2013. Outside the EU animal testing for cosmetics continues and is even a legal requirement in some countries.

Lush and Humane Society International are working together in countries across the globe to ban both cosmetics animal testing and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. Choose Cruelty Free and Humane Research Australia are joining HSI’s global Be Cruelty-Free campaign to call for such a ban in Australia.

Choose Cruelty Free Director, Liz Jackson said: “Choose Cruelty Free has been pressuring the Australian Government, for a number of years, to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. By working with Lush, Humane Research Australia and HSI on this campaign, we hope to bring this dream into reality.”

Humane Research Australia’s CEO Helen Marston comments: “Testing products on sentient animals purely for the sake of human vanity is outrageous and extremely unethical. It is a form of animal exploitation that should have been prohibited decades ago, yet consumers continue to be hoodwinked by the cosmetic companies’ claims of eternal youth. It’s imperative that we bring an end to this cruel practice NOW – to the testing of personal products on animals and to the sale of those products in Australia, particularly when we consider the wide range of cruelty-free cosmetics already available here.”

fat-3Megan Taylor, PR and Marketing Manager at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, said: “Animals should be protected by robust laws which force ALL companies to adopt humane methods to bring their products to market."

Lush, Choose Cruelty Free, Humane Research and Humane Society International believe that testing on animals to produce new cosmetic products or ingredients is morally and scientifically unjustified. Animals are subjected to considerable pain and distress during toxicity tests; even pregnant animals are used and their unborn babies chemically poisoned.

Animal toxicity tests are also scientifically unreliable for assuring human safety because animals and humans can respond very differently to the same chemicals. Cosmetics can easily be produced without animal testing by using the thousands of existing ingredients for which safety data is already available and advanced non-animal testing methods such as 3D human skin models, test-tube cell tests and computer models.

• Humane Society International (HSI) and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations — backed by 11 million people.

• Lush has been awarded the RSPCA Good Business Award for 2006 and 2007, the 2006 PETA Trailblazer Award for Animal Welfare and the International Fund for Animal Welfare ‘Business of the Year’ award for 2010.

• Co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine were awarded OBEs for services to the beauty industry in the New Year’s honours list 2010.

• Lush currently has over 800 shops worldwide and are present in over 50 countries, with manufacturing sites across the world.

• Lush operates a strict policy against animal testing and supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives.

The Oracle Gold Coast Fashion Week 2012
8-12 February 2012

Gold Coast and fashion normally aren’t synonymous with one another; however after this year’s Fashion Week at The Oracle in Broadbeach, the tides, as they say, are definitely turning.

With legendary fashion icons Nicola Finetti and Carla Zampatti headlining the stellar program of Established and Up & Coming designers, even the stormy weather couldn’t keep the polished fashionistas away from this intimate event.

Labels showcased from all over the country but the locals were the ones that brought the house down including Talulah, Mac & Bain, Ashlee Hart and Damsel In This Dress.

Melbourne designer Susan Rep took out the Up & Coming Designer Award with her spectacular silk kaftans.

The biggest day of the event was Saturday which featured 8 Up & Coming Swimwear designers, and with Gold Coast being the bikini capital of Australia, it was standing room only as guests stood behind rows of chairs to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous frills and bows, vibrant colours and of course skimpy cuts.

The show kicked off with interstate label LUCA Australia followed by local labels Vivacious, Saucy Rose then Sydney label Coco Riche and locals Kezini, Molly & Polly and ending with known Sydney label Karla Spetic.

Bold prints and high-waisted briefs were prominent on the catwalk as were ruffles and frills and vibrant colours, but it was LUCA Australia that won the Up & Coming Swimwear Designer Award with the judges saying her collection was the most marketable, wearable and well made.

And of course, the show everyone was waiting for, the finale event — Nicola Finetti. A collection of bold colours, geometric prints and mixed textures these garments with a change of hair and accessories can easily take you from corporate to club in a heartbeat. Still carrying Finetti’s signature style, the collection was the cherry on top of a remarkable event.

Congratulations to all involved, it was a fantastic event.

To see more images from the runway and behind the scenes and social snaps check out the Official Blog for Gold Coast Fashion Week – My Gasoline Rainbow