Humane Society International is praising Senador Randolfe Rodrigues for championing strong amendments to proposed federal legislation to ban cosmetic animal testing and trade in Brazil. If adopted, the proposed changes would close major loopholes in the 2014 Chamber of Deputies bill 70/2014, building on existing state-level bans in São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Pará and Amazonas, and position Brazil alongside the 37 other major economies that have already enacted similar legislative bans.
“This humane effort is the least that can be done. The continuation of these abominable tests is a direct offense against the constitutional principle inscribed in art.225, VII, of the Constitution, according to which practices that subject animals to cruelty are forbidden. Animal abuse would already be questionable, from a constitutional and ethical point of view, even if there were a consensus about the need for such tests, but it is certain that, once it is established that these tests are unnecessary, unconstitutionality is clear and uncontroversial,” said Sen. Rodrigues.
HIS says that without Sen. Rodrigues’ amendments, Deputies bill 70/2014 would ban animal testing only for finished cosmetic products, saving few if any animals since most new testing is conducted to assess the safety of new cosmetic ingredients. “Additionally, without the sales restriction proposed by Sen. Rodrigues, companies could circumvent a test ban alone by outsourcing animal testing to another country.”
The two-part bans proposed by Sen. Rodrigues aim to:
Ban all animal testing in Brazil for cosmetic products with immediate effect, and for cosmetics ingredients after 3 years;
Ban the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients newly tested on animals anywhere in the world, after 3 years.
These measures, if adopted, would allow Brazilian consumers to buy cosmetics with the knowledge that their purchases will not contribute to cruel tests on rabbits or rodents anywhere in the world. However, many steps remain in the legislative process, beginning with vote in the Commission of Science and Technology of the Senate to approve the bill with Sen. Rondrigues’ amendments.
Antoniana Ottoni, HSI legislative officer for research and toxicology, said: “We thank Senator Rodrigues for proposing these critical amendments to end cosmetic animal cruelty in our country. His amendments will encourage investments in human-relevant non-animal testing methods that are more protective of consumer safety than the obsolete animal tests they replace. We are strongly supporting the adoption of his report and call on every concerned citizen to get in touch with the members of the Commission of Science and Technology to ask them to support it.”
Senator Rodrigues’ report is available here.