Brazil's Second Largest State Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetics
Humane Society International have recently reported a victory in Brazil. Pará, the second largest state in the country, has become the fourth state to ban cosmetic tests on animals.
The bill, authored by Deputy Jose Scaff, was approved last April by the State Assembly of Pará, and officially became state law after being signed by Governor Simão Jatene on May 11. Bill 148/2015 proposed a ban on the testing of both cosmetic products and ingredients on animals, and is now state law 8.361.
Pará follows in the footsteps of the Brazilian states of São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Paraná. Helder Constantino, the #BeCrueltyFree Brazil campaign manager for Humane Society International, stated:
“Pará is the second largest state in Brazil, so this is a very significant victory for the animals. It is also a strong signal to the National Congress that Brazil wants to end these unethical and outdated tests and in the absence of federal action, states have been enacting their own protective legislation. We congratulate the legislators, Pará and all those who have worked to pass this law for showing the way forward.”
Humane Society International is working on getting a federal ban in place that would eliminate cosmetic tests on animals. To sign their cruelty-free pledge, visit this link.
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