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Senate will examine bill to reduce animal testing on cosmetic products

The bill that aims to restrict the use of animal testing in the cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes industry (PLC 70/2014) is among the issues to be debated at the Senate Science and Technology Commission (CCT) today, 29 September 2015.

In its report to the Commission, Senator Cristovam Buarque has proposed several amendments to the bill, including an immediate ban on testing finished products on animals and an amendment that prohibits new animal testing of any cosmetic ingredients within three years of the law’s publication. The sale of cosmetics subject to new animal testing will also be banned within three years, thus preventing multinational companies from circumventing the ban by purchasing new ingredients that have been tested on animals in other countries after the legal cut-off date in Brazil.

According to animal rights organisation Humane Society International, “if voted those amendments would close the loopholes of the current bill.

We welcome these improvements to Brazil’s cosmetics bill and warmly thank Senator Buarque for listening to the many Brazilian citizens, lawyers, scientists and elected representatives who have supported a meaningful bill. A weak bill could have dire consequences and would fail to create any incentive for the cosmetic industry to turn its back on ingredients that have been newly tested on animals. We now urge the Commission of Science and Technology to adopt Senator Buarque’s amendments that will transform a once confusing and ineffective bill into a robust national ban. We are delighted that Brazil is now on track to become the largest economy in South America to stop cosmetic tests on animals,” said Antoniana Ottoni, #BeCrueltyFree Brazil’s legislative officer with Humane Society International.

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