Last Monday Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced a private member's bill to ban all animal-tested cosmetics in Australia, including those imported from countries that test on animals.
This bill is consistent with their goal of establishing an Office of Animal Welfare to protect animals rights. Their own website states that "How we treat animals is an indicator of a caring society."
The Australian Greens are idealists. Their policies call for sustainable forestry, fisheries, and agriculture, and no new coal mines. In other words, both animal and plant life as well as our mineral wealth, are to be used carefully and not ruthlessly exploited.
Surely in this day and age there is no scientific justification for cosmetics to be tested on animals, and this bill will raise public awareness of this issue. Most reasonable people would be appalled if they knew this was happening.
It is a pity, then, that given the Greens support for abortion on demand, that this concern for the sanctity of life does not extend to unborn human beings. Is an ant or a sapling worth more than a human foetus?
In my mind the Greens shoot themselves in the foot when they claim to be the party of compassion, fairness, and justice, with pretensions of being the conscience of the nation, yet they seem to think that plant or animal life is worth more than human life. Having a consistent and holistic concern for all forms of life wouldn't go astray.