March 14, 2014
HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaign Presents Brazil Government with Thousands of Petitions Calling for Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban
Brasília (14 March 2014) – Campaigners dressed as rabbits and rodents presented the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation with tens of thousands of petition signatures calling for a Brazilian ban on animal testing for cosmetics. The petition was collected by Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign, which is supported by ARCA Brasil, ProAnima and the National Forum for the Protection and Defense of Animals.
Cosmetics animal testing is banned across the European Union, Israel and India. In January the State of São Paulo introduced a total ban on such testing, the first of its kind in Latin America. However in the rest of Brazil, such testing is still legal, with cosmetics regulations relying heavily on outdated and cruel procedures in which rabbits and rodents are subjected to painful eye, skin and oral poisoning.
Antoniana Ottoni, HSI’s Be Cruelty Free Brazil political adviser, said: “Tens of thousands of Brazilians have shown their support for our Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign to end cruel and unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics. As bans on such testing take place around the world, people are realizing that it is possible to do the same here in Brazil. We urge the government to listen to the will of the people. It’s time for Brazil to join with Europe, Israel and India and end cosmetics animal testing once and for all.”
HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free Brazil petition is addressed to Science Minister Marco Antonio Raupp. Minister Raupp is president of the Conselho Nacional de Controle de Experimentação Animal (CONCEA), the federal body with the power to ban unethical animal tests under the Law 11.794/2008 on animal experiments. In September, HSI submitted a technical report demonstrating that cosmetic animal tests are not scientifically robust for guaranteeing consumer safety. The CONCEA is expected to vote on HSI’s report at its next plenary meeting on 19-20 March.
HSI’s petition hand-in took place as part of global Be Cruelty-Free week celebrations, including the launch of a video appeal featuring models and actresses Fernanda Tavares, Giselle Itié and Fiorella Mattheis.
Be Cruelty-Free Brazil is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. HSI has Be Cruelty-Free campaigns in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and Taiwan. Be Cruelty-Free USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States.
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