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Animal testing: Fernanda Tavares poses to call the attention of the Senate

While Brazil tries to score goals during the World Cup, supermodel Fernanda Tavares and the animal protection organization Humane Society International (HSI) launched an appeal to senators to score “a goal in favour of animals by banning animal testing for cosmetics.

In a new photo for HSI’s campaign Be Cruelty-Free, Tavares wore the shirt of the Brazilian national football team while hugging Linho, a bunny representing rabbits and other animals undergoing cosmetics testing in Brazil.

In early June, the House of Representatives passed the Bill 6602/2013 to ban cosmetic testing on animals. The bill is now submitted to the Senate after two years of hard work by the Be Cruelty-Free in Brazil, including several meetings between legislators and Fernanda Tavares, the official ambassador of the Brazilian campaign.

HSI is working hard to convince senators to accept amendments to remove “the loopholes in the bill, which still leave laboratory animals in Brazil at risk of undergoing testing.” The current wording does not prohibit animal testing for "ingredients with unknown effects", a definition that, according to HIS, could be applied to a large number of cosmetic ingredients, both existing and new substances, thus leaving the door open for animal experimentation.

"Here in Brazil we have the opportunity to join in the global trend towards cruelty free cosmetics and it is therefore vital that senators support the ban. However, it must be a real ban that truly ends all cruelty in the cosmetics sector," concludes Antonian Ottoni, legislative advisor for the Be Cruelty-Free campaign in Brazil.

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