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May 17, 2016

Brazilian State of Pará Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Humane Society International celebrates fourth Brazilian state ban on cruel cosmetic tests

Humane Society International, Be Cruelty-Free

  • Meredith Lee/The HSUS

A bill to ban cosmetic tests on animals officially became Pará’s state law 8.361 following its signature by Governor Simão Jatene on 11 May. Deputy Jose Scaff authored Bill 148/2015, which provides a ban on testing both cosmetics products and ingredients on animals and had been approved last April by the State Assembly of Pará.

The Amazonian state became the fourth state to ban this practice, which is widely condemned by the Brazilian population and the scientific community, and follows bans in São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná.

Helder Constantino, #BeCrueltyFree Brazil campaign manager for Humane Society International, said: “Pará is the second largest state in Brazil, so this is a very significant victory for the animals. It is also a strong signal to the National Congress that Brazil wants an end to these unethical and outdated tests and in the absence of federal action, states have been enacting their own protective legislation. We congratulate the legislators, Pará and all those who have worked to pass this law for showing the way forward.”

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At the federal level, PLC 70/2014 aims at eliminating cosmetic tests on animals.

The #BeCrueltyFree coalition advocated for and obtained key amendments to PLC 70/2014 throughout its passage in Congress, ensuring that the bill provides a strict prohibition of this practice as well as a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. However, the bill has yet to be voted in the Commission of Science and Technology of the Federal Senate since September 2015. Humane Society International is campaigning for a worldwide prohibition of these tests.

Cosmetic tests on animals have been banned in the European Union, India, New Zealand, Israel and Norway. Similar legislation is being debated in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Taiwan, Russia, Australia, Switzerland and elsewhere.

Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, +1 301-721-6440

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