Erika Fernández, TV presenter, model, humanitarian and passionate animal advocate, has become the first celebrity in Mexico to support the #BeCrueltyFree campaign for a federal ban on cosmetics animal testing and trade. Humane Society International is working to achieve alignment in cosmetics regulatory policy worldwide to support safe and humane innovation to end animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry.
Illustrating her commitment to compassionate living, Fernández said: “I truly believe that it is possible for every person to live in a way that encourages, empowers and uplifts others, that cherishes and respects animals, while striving to create, and maintain, a compassion-based life, and a cruelty-free world. I can’t sit still and allow the hideous reality of cosmetic animal testing to continue.”
Most Mexicans share Fernández’ sentiments on cosmetic animal testing. There is substantial public support for bans on cosmetics animal testing, both within Mexico and globally. Seven out of every 10 Mexicans surveyed (68 percent) in 2013 oppose animal testing for any purpose. Polling in other major cosmetics markets by HSI and our #BeCrueltyFree partners reveals similar majority support for nationwide bans on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. For example, 81 percent of Canadians, 73 percent of Americans, and 66 percent of Brazilians polled support national cosmetics animal testing bans.
Nearly 40 countries, including the largest global beauty products market, the European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland, Israel, India, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Guatemala and several states in Brazil, have enacted full or partial bans on animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients.
HSI/Mexico executive director Anton Aguilar added: “It is such an honor to have Erika Fernández helping #BeCrueltyFree increase support against cosmetics animal testing in Mexico. Erika, along with most Mexicans, knows instinctively that causing animals pain and even death simply to test a new vanity product like a lipstick or anti-wrinkle cream is just wrong.”
More than 600 successful beauty brands on sale in North America have made a “cruelty-free” commitment, yet still produce new, safe and profitable cosmetics. They do so by choosing from among thousands of widely available raw ingredients that have been tested in the past, instead of purchasing newly developed chemicals that will also have been newly animal-tested.