The Christian Health Products Association (CHPA) has criticised a new law aimed at banning animal products from meat and dairy products.
It says that the law is not about promoting health, but about protecting its own profits.
The legislation comes after a review by the CHPA of its position on animal testing.
The organisation’s president, John Jurek, said the legislation was “an affront to science”.
He said the CHAPA was not a medical body and that animal testing was a “disgrace to our society”.
The CHPA, which was founded in 1889, is a not-for-profit organisation.
The group has also been criticised for not providing enough details of what it sells, or what it does for people.
The animal rights group PETA, which campaigns against animal testing, has also called for the CHPAs support for the controversial legislation.
The CHPAS has not yet responded to the CHRA news.
CHPA chairman and CEO, Paul Stott said the law was an “affront to health”.
“It’s a direct attack on our health and it’s an affront for our customers and their health,” Mr Stott told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“If you’re a pet owner and you’re not sure about how you eat your pet, you shouldn’t have to have to go to a vet.”
The CHAPAs president said the organisation would not stop animal testing until the law’s passage.
“We have the utmost respect for the fact that people have the right to decide what they eat,” Mr Jureck said.
“But we have to do it in a way that is sustainable.”
CHPA CEO says it is a ‘disgraces to our nation’ The CH PA has come under fire from animal rights groups.
PETA has called the legislation an “unnecessary attack on the integrity of our animal welfare laws”.
“This bill is a blatant attack on health,” PETA spokeswoman Nicole O’Sullivan said.
Dr O’Connell said the changes were a “total failure” to protect animals and could lead to the slaughter of animals.
“It is a direct assault on our nation,” Dr O’sConnell said.
CHPAA has also criticised the legislation for failing to provide information on its sales and marketing.
“The CHPA has been the leader in the industry for years on the issue of animal testing,” Dr Jurell said.
Mr Stot said the proposed legislation would not affect the number of animal tests carried out, and that the number was “in a sense not really relevant” to the number.
He said it was “important to understand the number” of animal products tested in the ACT.
“So the number is not relevant to the overall number of testing done in the country,” he said.
The bill was also opposed by animal welfare organisations.
“There’s no evidence that animal welfare is in a decline,” Dr James Bagnall said.
Animal welfare groups have been critical of the legislation, saying it would “stifle innovation” and “put the wellbeing of animals at risk”.
They said it could lead people to believe they could get free food or drink when in fact, it could be used for animal testing and could cause “harm”.