Joining forces to fight animal cruelty

The Body Shop Australia is a proud sponsor of this year’s RSPCA Million Paws Walk during which tens of thousands of pups will come together for Australia’s biggest dog walk to fight animal cruelty.

The Body Shop Australia team will be at Million Paws Walks held on 20 May across the country to highlight its Forever Against Animal Testing campaign. Launched in conjunction with Cruelty Free International, the campaign is the organisation’s most ambitious crusade calling for a worldwide ban on animal testing in cosmetics.

Australia still has no laws ending animal testing in cosmetics. While the federal government committed to bringing in a ban in July this year, The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International understand that amendments to restrict cosmetics animal testing, via a package of Industrial Chemicals Bills, are still before the Senate for consideration and may be subject to further debate and potential amendments.

With 5.5 million signatures already achieved by The Body Shop in less than 10 months—making it the biggest petition ever against animal testing—the campaign has passed the halfway mark towards its target of eight million signatures.

Once the petition reaches 8 million signatures, The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International will present it to the United Nations, calling for an international convention to ban animal testing on cosmetics to protect millions of animals around the world.

The global petition can be signed online or at any of The Body Shop’s 3,000 stores across the world.

Australians are also being encouraged to use the campaign hashtag #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting on social media to raise awareness.

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