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Brazilian senators express divergent views on animal testing

On May 24, the Senate’s Committee on the Environment (Comissão de Meio Ambiente - CMA) discussed the proposal, already approved in the Chamber of Deputies, to prohibit the use of animals in cosmetic tests (PLC 70/2014). A full ban on such research is still carefully considered by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and by the cosmetics industry, although it is supported by technicians and researchers linked to animal protection organizations. The proposal has already been approved by the Senate’s Commission on Science and Technology (CCT).

More stringent

However, the text that is currently being discussed at the CMA, besides banning the use of animals in tests to develop perfumes and cosmetic and personal hygiene products, would also ban the trade of all cosmetic tested on animals thus strongly encouraging the industry to develop alternative tests.

Deputy Ricardo Izar, the author of the project, also participated in the meeting. Izar and the Canadian environmentalist Troy Seidle of the International Humane Society warned that Brazil today need to prioritize non-animal testing due to the fact that markets such as the European Union have banned the import of these products. Seidle also reminded that several states, such as São Paulo, already prohibit animal testing and that this did not harm the economy or the scientific development of the nation.

On the other hand, Renata Amaral from ABIHPEC, the Brazilian Association of the Toiletries, Perfumery and Cosmetics Industry said the trade organisation approves the text as adopted by the Chamber of Deputies but argued that the current version "can be improved."

A more flexible text was also defended by MCTI’s Luiz Henrique Canto. He said that a full ban might hinder the ability of Brazilian researchers to innovate. "We encourage alternative methods, but it is not yet possible to ban all tests," he said.

Source: Agência Senado

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