(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) Following in the footsteps of India, Israel, as well as more than 20 progressive countries within the European Union, Brazil voted this week to ban animal testing for most cosmetic products.

Going into effect within the next 90 days, the bill will ban cosmetic animal testing where alternatives have already been established.

27 countries in the EU have banned cosmetics that are tested on animals. Photo Credit: imgur.com
A total of 27 countries in the EU have banned cosmetics tested on animals. Photo Credit: imgur.com

All internationally approved alternatives to animal testing will be accepted under Brazil’s new bill.

However, animal testing will still be permitted in rare cases of “novel ingredients” specifically developed for cosmetic products—at least until an alternative method has been established or within the next five years, whichever occurs first.

Cruelty Free International works solely on banning animal testing around the world. Photo credit: bbc.co.uk
Cruelty Free International is currently campaigning for a worldwide ban on animal testing. Photo credit: bbc.co.uk

The bill was written by Respresentative Ricardo Izar (PSD-SP), Cruelty Free International’s Brazilian campaign manager Dr. Frank Alarcon, and government officials including the major testing and validation authorities.

“We are delighted that Brazil has taken this great stride forward. Now the task is to work with industry and regulators to ensure that Brazilian cosmetics become completely cruelty-free at the earliest possible date. I’d especially like to thank the 190,000 Brazilians who signed our petition –  your support made it all possible!” Dr. Alarcon said.

The bill will now move to the Senate, and Cruelty Free International will continue in its fight to make sure this necessary bill gets passed.

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Anima