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August 19, 2014

Senator Suplicy in Video Appeal: We Must Close Loopholes in Brazil’s Bill to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing or Animals Remain Unprotected

Humane Society International


Senator Eduardo Suplicy has launched a video appeal to his fellow senators, alerting them to serious loopholes in Bill PLC 70/2014 intended to ban animal testing of cosmetics. The video also features Anna Andrade from cruelty-free retailer LUSH Cosmetics, Dr. Vania Nunes, technical director of the National Forum for the Protection and Defence of Animals (FNPDA), European Union policy expert, Emily McIvor, from animal protection group Humane Society International and Helder Constantino from the Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign.

The Chamber of Deputies passed the bill (formerly PL 6602/13) in June, but negotiations with the government severely compromised it by proposing only a ban on finished cosmetic product testing on animals without including a ban on ingredients testing. The majority of animals are used for testing ingredients. The bill is due to be discussed by the Commission of Science and Technology and the Environment Commission, but Sen. Suplicy and Be Cruelty-Free Brazil warn that unless it is amended, potentially thousands of rabbits and other animals will remain at risk from painful testing for cosmetic ingredients.

Sen. Suplicy says: “Animal testing for finished products almost never happens in Brazil. So this part of the ban has virtually no purpose. Most of the animal tests are for cosmetic ingredients and in this regard the bill does not attack the focal point of the problem, leaving the door open for companies to continue animal testing.”

Be Cruelty-Free campaigners believe that the Senate must allocate sufficient time for PLC 70/2014 to be debated in depth and amended so that it can effectively save animals from cosmetic tests.

Helder Constantino for Be Cruelty-Free Brazil, said: “Be Cruelty-Free has campaigned tremendously hard for the past two years to achieve a ban on cosmetics animal testing here in Brazil, so we understand only too well the desire to see a ban in place. But if that ban is so fundamentally flawed that in practice it stops virtually no animal suffering at all, what is the point of that? This is a well-intentioned bill whose aims we support, but it is badly written. We are urging senators to accept our proposals to deliver the full ban on cosmetics cruelty that Brazilians want to see, or Brazil will be left with a toothless piece of legislation that fails to save the animals it aims to protect.”

Cosmetics animal testing is already banned across the European Union, Norway, Israel and India. Emily McIvor, policy director for HSI’s Research & Toxicology Department, played a central role in achieving the EU ban, receiving the prestigious Henry Spira award in 2011 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to animal welfare policy. McIvor echoes Sen. Suplicy’s concerns that Brazil’s animal test ban bill must be watertight:

“For any test ban to be considered complete, it must ban all animal testing for ingredients. It’s crucial that Brazil bans both tests on products and ingredients, and that it does so with watertight language just as the EU, India and others have done. If the language isn’t right, the test ban can be abused.”

Be Cruelty-Free Brazil is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. The Be Cruelty-Free Brazil campaign, led by Humane Society International and supported by ProAnima, ARCA Brasil and the Forum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal, is leading the nationwide effort for a ban on cosmetics animal testing. Be Cruelty-Free campaigns also run in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States, where the campaign is led by The Humane Society of the United States.

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

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