A group of around 30 people attended the public forum held in Fremantle last week, eager to voice their opinions on the use of animals for cosmetics testing and to discuss ways that change can be introduced.
Ms Parke held the forum as part of the Labor party’s national consultation process on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics and their ingredients that are tested on animals.
She said as well as those who attended the local forum, more than 6000 community submissions had already been received.
‘Animals are living, breathing, sociable creatures, who can suffer and feel pain, yet they are voiceless when it comes to the lives they often endure, particularly in the case of laboratory animals,’ she said.
‘We have a responsibility to the vulnerable, including animals, to ensure their humane treatment.
‘The Fremantle community cares deeply about animal welfare issues, live animal export and other animal welfare issues are among the most frequently raised topics of all the correspondence sent to my electorate office.’
Ms Parke said the national forums came about to try to improve policy on the issue.
‘Providing people with the opportunity to voice their ideas and provide input to the development of policy is always a good idea,’ she said.
‘The input of people attending the Fremantle forum, along with the ideas and comments offered at other forums and via written submissions, will be used to draft a policy for consideration by caucus and the Labor party.
‘The necessary legislative changes would then be negotiated with other political parties and independents.’
To send a submission on the issue, visit www.alp. org.au/cosmeticstesting.