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Ban on the use of animal testing by the cosmetics industry still far from consensus in Brazil

The bill (PLC) 70/2014 that aims to restrict the use of animal testing in the cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes industry, is still far from consensus, as it was revealed during a public hearing organised by the Senate on the issue.

Photo : Pedro França - Agência_Senado

Photo : Pedro França - Agência_Senado

The text provides that tests on animals will only be allowed in products with ingredients that have unknown effects in humans when no other technique is available to demonstrate the safety of substances. The hearing included delegates from national agencies, cosmetics companies, independent scientists, and the Brazilian animal protection community.

(PLC) 70/2014

According to Brazil’s leading animal protection groups, “the bill is worded so that it would in fact delay a ban indefinitely and would even open the door for these animal tests in Brazilian states where they are already prohibited, such as São Paulo.

The controversy over the issue led to a dead end: either approve the bill as it is in order to secure a breakthrough in the protection of animals or make changes to the text with the risk that Brazil has to wait longer for a final ban - maybe partial - on the use of animals in cosmetic testing.

Several speakers came out strongly in favour of making amendments to the bill that, if accepted, would see animal tests for cosmetics effectively eliminated in the country.

The bill only prohibits tests on animals that already do not happen here in Brazil, such as tests for ingredients already known to be safe. More importantly, it also allows cosmetics companies to continue using animals virtually ad eternam for testing unknown ingredients, which is in contradiction to the Law of Environmental Crime of 1998. This bill is toxic, because in spite of its title, it fails to save a single animal from cosmetic tests. It’s worse than innocuous: it is retrograde,” said Dra. Vania Nunes, technical director of #BeCrueltyFree Brazil partner group National Forum for the Protection and Defence of Animals (FNPDA).

Dr. Marcio Lorencini from cosmetics giant O Boticario explained how his company has eliminated all tests on animals for both finished products and ingredients using in-vitro and computer methods.

Speakers arguing against strengthening the bill included its sponsor, Deputy Ricardo Izar, the National Council for the Control of Animal Experimentation (CONCEA), Brazil’s animal testing regulatory body governed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the National Agency for Sanitary Vigilance (ANVISA), the Ministry of Health’s agency in charge of authorizing cosmetics as well as many other consumer products on the market.

Sources: Agência Senado / Humane Society International

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