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Tuesday, 11 October 1983
Page: 1528

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

1. The continued use of animal ingredients in cosmetic products, and the inhuman use of animals in scientific research for cosmetic products, is abhorrent and barbaric.

2. That no central records exist on such inhumane use of live animals for experimentation purposes, yet research institutions in several Australian States engage in such a practice.

3. That there exists no uniform legislation between the States concerning responsible standards of research conduct; indeed, in some States, there is a complete lack of legislation altogether.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives will enact legislation to require-

(a) the Australian Bureau of Statistics to produce annual statistics on the number of live animals involved in research, and provide information as to research purposes; and

(b) the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop humane and responsible standards of conduct for researchers using live animals in all government, industry and educational research laboratories; and

(c) that in the absence of uniform legislation between States, the Commonwealth introduce legislation to enable the enforcement of humane and responsible conduct for researchers.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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