MEXICO CITY—Global animal protection leader Humane Society International and ONG Te Protejo have welcomed a move by Mexico’s Senate to outlaw the practice of animal testing for cosmetics, as well as the manufacture, import or marketing of cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world after the law comes into force. Yesterday evening a bill supported by HSI and Te Protejo was unanimously endorsed by both the Senate Health Committee and the full Senate, and will now move forward to the Chamber of Deputies. Mexico is positioned to become the first country in North America to outlaw cosmetic animal testing, and the 40th globally.
Anton Aguilar, executive director of Humane Society International/Mexico, said: “We commend Senators Ricardo Monreal, Jesusa Rodríguez and Verónica Delgadillo for sponsoring this bill, and we congratulate the Health Committee and all Senators for supporting our #BeCrueltyFree campaign and voting in favor. This brings us one step closer to ending unnecessary animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry, and demonstrates Mexico’s leadership within the Americas.”
Mexican consumers are increasingly concerned about animal welfare and disturbed by such practices, and many of them prefer products that do not involve animal suffering. A 2019 Parametría poll commissioned by HSI and Te Protejo shows that 78% of citizens place importance on making sure their cosmetics are cruelty-free when purchasing a product.1 Since last November, over 20,000 people have signed the HSI-Te Protejo petition at www.selibredecrueldad.org to ban cosmetic animal testing in Mexico.
HSI’s global #BeCrueltyFree campaign was instrumental in driving the European Union to become the world’s largest cruelty-free cosmetics market, and in securing similar victories in India, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, Switzerland, seven states in Brazil. HSI has been at the forefront of the campaign to end cosmetic animal testing in Mexico since 2017, working with public officials and the cosmetics industry to broker an agreement on legislative reform.
Humane Society International is a leading force for animal protection, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare and animals in research. Humane Society International together with its partners, constitutes one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at www.hsi.org
ONG Te Protejo is an organization that promotes the use of products not tested on animals in Latin America and other environmentally friendly and animal-friendly initiatives. It works in four main areas: information and consumer education; mass dissemination events; cruelty-free brand certification; and campaigns to impact public policies.
More information at www.ongteprotejo.org; Facebook: Te Protejo México; Instagram: Te Protejo México; Youtube: Te Protejo.
1Poll conducted by Parametría polling agency, between October 26 and November 2, 2019, using a national random sample of 880 cases, with a margin of error of (+/-) 3.3%.