The Green Party is urging Parliament not to be the first in the world to vote on the practice of testing cosmetics on animals and choose to continue it.
Green MP Mojo Mathers has introduced proposed amendments to the Government’s Animal Welfare Amendment Bill,which is likely to come before the house this week.
It would see the testing of cosmetics on animals completely banned, although animal testing does not occur in New Zealand anyway.
But the amendments would not extend to imported products that have been tested on animals overseas.
I support this Green Party policy. Testing on animals for cosmetics is nasty. Testing for medical reasons or safety is a “necessary evil” but testing for cosmetics is different.