Cosmetics and Household Products

Get the facts about testing cosmetics and household products on animals in NZ and beyond!

It is estimated that globally, around 500,000 animals suffer and die just for cosmetics each year.

The types of tests animals are subject to for cosmetics are gruesome. They include force-feeding animals different substances, applying substances to the skin of animals, forcing animals to inhale substances and more!

These cruel tests are completely unnecessary, and there are many animal-free methods that can be used to accurately test the safety of cosmetics and household products.

The future is cruelty-free...

Over 40 countries across the globe have banned testing cosmetics on animals, and more and more companies are becoming cruelty-free!

This is no accident. It is a direct result of people around the world voting with their wallets and showing that there is a demand for ethical products.

That is why it is so important for you to take the cruelty-free pledge, use our Cruelty Free Guide and only buy products that you know are free from animal testing.

Cosmetics testing in New Zealand

In NZ, it is illegal to test cosmetics on animals: Thanks to the #BeCrueltyFree campaign that NZAVS was a part of, testing cosmetics on animals in NZ has been banned. You can read more about this victory here.

However, this ban does not include:

  • Using animals to test an ingredient that is used in cosmetics but is being used for another purpose.
  • Using animals to test household products such as washing powder.
  • The sale and importation of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in NZ.

So there is still work to be done to close these loop holes and we'll need your support to make that happen so stay tuned!

In the meantime, equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to shop cruelty-free - more info below.


With your help we can end animal experimentation in Aotearoa.