October 25, 2013
150 Federal Parliamentarians Sign Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free Pledge for a Ban on Cosmetics Animal Testing in Brazil
Pressure mounts on the Ministry of Science and Technology to take action
BRASILIA—The Brazilian government should ban animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients, according to 150 of Brazil’s federal parliamentarians who have signed Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free pledge. The Conselho Nacional de Controle de Experimentação Animal, under the Ministry of Science of Technology, has the authority to ban animal tests. HSI has submitted a proposal for a ban.
Helder Constantino, HSI's Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign manager, said: “We’re thrilled that Brazil's federal parliamentarians are showing their support for a ban on cosmetics animal testing. We hope that officials in CONCEA as well as the Ministry will hear the voice of the many citizens and Parliamentarians who want to see a ban enacted.”
A photo call of Parliamentarians in support of HSI’s cosmetics test ban proposal will be held between 9:00 and 9:30am on Wednesday, 23 Oct. at the House of Representatives, Auditorium Freitas Nobres.
Parliamentarians who have signed the pledge over the last few months released the following statements:
Deputado Ricardo Izar, president of the Parliamentary Front in Defence of Animals, said: “It’s necessary to admit that beings different than us are worthy of consideration, love and moral appreciation. What we hope is more rationality, compassion, respect and humanity with animals, although they are defenceless beings who feel and suffer. I’m Cruelty Free, and you? Stop animal testing for cosmetics.”
Sen. Eduardo Suplicy (PT/SP) said: “I believe that animals shouldn't suffer and die to test cosmetics or their ingredients. All cosmetics should be cruelty-free, and I support an end to animal testing for cosmetics and on the sale of new cosmetics that have been tested on animals.”
Animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is banned throughout Europe, Israel and India, but in Brazil, cosmetics regulations of the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária still rely heavily on painful skin, eye and oral toxicity tests on rabbits and rodents. Cosmetics toxicity tests are notoriously unreliable and cause considerable suffering including swollen and ulcerated eyes, bleeding and cracked skin, internal organ damage, coma and even death.
Be Cruelty-Free Brazil is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing and is supported by ARCA Brasil, ProAnima and the National Forum for the Defense and Protection of Animals. Globally, HSI and its Be Cruelty-Free partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, China, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and beyond. Be Cruelty-Free USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.
Media Contact: Helder Constantino, +55 (21) 8342 4163, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. A poll from IBOPE Inteligência found that two-thirds of Brazilians oppose the use of animals in cosmetics toxicity testing. Total sample size was 2002 interviews. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15-18 February 2013. The survey was carried out through personal interviews by IBOPE. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Brazilian adults (aged 16+). The margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points. View the results.
Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.