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January 24, 2014

São Paulo Bans Cosmetics Animal Testing

Move welcomed by HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign

Humane Society International

  • Causing animal pain and suffering to test cosmetics is unacceptable. Dmitry Oshchepkov/iStockphoto

SAO PAULO—Just yesterday, Governor Geraldo Alckmin signed a bill prohibiting cosmetics testing on animals in the State of São Paulo. Humane Society International, leading the Be Cruelty Free Brazil campaign for a complete end to cosmetics animal testing, welcomed the announcement.

Helder Constantino, HSI's Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaigns manager, said: “The ban on cosmetics animal testing in the State of São Paulo is great news and sends a strong signal to the Federal Government to ban cosmetics cruelty nationwide. Our Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign for a complete ban has received huge public support and we applaud the groups in São Paulo who have fought hard for this victory for animals. The ethical stance of the Brazilian public is very clear—causing animal pain and suffering to test cosmetics is unacceptable and it must stop. Let this be the first step towards the whole of Brazil being cruelty-free."

The State of São Paulo hosts more than 700 of the 2,300 cosmetics companies in the country, more than any other state in Brazil. São Paulo and is the first state to issue a ban on cosmetics animal testing. The ban covers both finished products and ingredients.

HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign is the largest global campaign in history for a worldwide end to cosmetics animal testing and works with other local groups in Brazil. The European Union, India and Israel have already banned animal testing for cosmetics. Other countries are debating prohibitions such as South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. China is revising its regulation to phase out mandatory tests on animals for certain cosmetics.

In 2013 HSI submitted a proposal for a national ban on animal testing for cosmetics to the Conselho Nacional de Controle de Experimentação Animal. The CONCEA is expected to vote on HSI’s proposal during its next meeting on the 19th and 20th March.

ENDS

Media Contact: Helder Constantino, +55 (21) 8342 4163, hconstantino@hsi.org 

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