Success: New Zealand to Ban Animal Cosmetic Testing

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Target: Mojo Mathers, Green Party member of the New Zealand Parliament

Goal: Applaud the New Zealand Parliament for banning the use of animals in cosmetic testing.

Cosmetic companies in New Zealand will no longer be able to test on animals once new legislation is signed into law. Mojo Mathers, a Green Party member of the New Zealand Parliament, recently proposed a bill that would revise the country’s Animal Welfare Act to include a ban on animal testing for cosmetics. The bill passed through Parliament and will soon become federal law, thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing in New Zealand.

The previous version of the Animal Welfare Act banned animal testing with an exception for cosmetics companies. With this new ban, New Zealand joins other countries like Brazil and India in banning animal testing for cosmetics. As each country joins in taking a stand against animal abuse through cosmetic animal testing, more countries will hopefully follow suit and get on board as well.

According to Humane Society Internationals “Be Cruelty Free” campaign, this ban “reflects the desire of New Zealand’s consumers and cosmetics industry to ensure that animal testing of cosmetics can never take place in the country.” Nearly any kind of animal testing is cruel to innocent animals, and there are plenty of viable alternatives to test cosmetics other than putting animals through abusive experiments.

This ban will help to prevent animals from facing unnecessary injustice and pain. By signing this petition, you will applaud Mojo Mathers for taking a stand for animals and their welfare.


Dear Mojo Mathers,

You recently proposed a bill set to be enacted into law that would place a ban in New Zealand on using animals for cosmetic testing. When this bill officially becomes law, cosmetic companies will no longer be able to put animals through uneccessary abuse in testing their products. Animal testing is cruel to the innocent creatures of our earth, and their are plenty of other options that are not only humane, but are more effective.

I would like to personally congratulate and thank you on taking a step in the right direction towards bettering the welfare of animals and protecting them from unnecessary and cruel experiments. Hopefully other countries will follow suit and New Zealand will continue to be a leader in helping animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Christine Hartley says:

    Well done New Zealand. Thank you for caring about animal welfare.

  2. Thank Goodness for Mojo Mathers. Now I hope that the rest of the world will follow suit and stop this unnecessary and cruel practice. If cosmetic companies feel the need to test on living creatures, let them test on themselves, not these innocent, helpless creatures who have no voice and no choice!!! THANK YOU TO MOJO MATHERS AND TO NEW ZEALAND.

  3. Thank you New Zealand for taking a stand on animal abuse testing just for cosmetics.

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