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Anja joins fight for cruelty free cosmetics

Anja Zemlicoff with a range of cosmetics which are ethically produced. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Anja Zemlicoff with a range of cosmetics which are ethically produced. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

SHE may not be waving a placard, but every cosmetics purchase Rockhampton's Anja Zemlicoff makes is a protest against animal testing.

Anja said it was her decision to become vegetarian four years ago that prompted her research into animal testing.

Now vegan, Anja does not buy from companies who test on animals or use animal-derived ingredients.

The issue is set to be debated in the Senate.

"I don't want to be part of it. I don't think anyone does," Anja said of products that have been tested on animals.

"If some sort of chemical has to be tested on an animal, do you really want that on your skin?

"The amount of suffering and pain that goes into the product is not necessary."

Everything Anja uses from her shampoo and deodorant to her toothbrush and toothpaste is cruelty free.

Last year, the European Union banned the sale of cosmetics with ingredients tested on animals anywhere in the world.

Now Australia is hoping to do the same, with the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill being debated in the Senate in the coming months.

And while switching to cruelty-free cosmetics may seem daunting, Anja said it was relatively easy.

"I love picking up stuff and finding out it isn't tested on animals," Anja said.

The 'leaping bunny' logo (pictured) is an easy way to identify certified cruelty free products.

Test types

Draize eye irritancy test: Substances are placed in the eyes of conscious rabbits. The rabbits are killed at the end of the test.

Eco-toxicity: These tests measure a chemical's effects on environment and wildlife. In fish toxicity tests, chemicals are put into large tanks and records kept of how many fish die through slow poisoning over several days.

Source: Choose Cruelty Free Australia.

Topics:  animal testing, cosmetics




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