Mexico bans cosmetic tests on animals

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Sep 6 2021

Through a statement, the global leader in animal protection, Humane Society International (HSI) confirmed this Friday, September 3, the decision of the full Senate of the Mexican Republic to prohibit cosmetic tests on animals, as well as the manufacture, import or marketing of cosmetics that have been tested on animals from anywhere in the world.

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“After weeks of widespread interest as a result of the broadcast of the video #SalvaARalph, which led to more than 1.3 million signatures in favor of the ban, legislators made the decision to act. The initiative was approved unanimously and was one of the first initiatives approved in the Senate after resuming its activities after the summer, “HSI shares.

In this regard, Antón Aguilar, executive director of HSI Mexico, congratulated Senator Ricardo Monreal, promoter of the initiative and the president of the Political Coordination Board, as well as all the senators who approved the reform.

“This marks the end of unnecessary animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry, and demonstrates Mexico’s leadership in the region,” Aguilar said.

According to HSI, Mexican consumers are increasingly concerned about the manufacturing policies of the products they buy, opting mostly for products that have not caused suffering to animals.

“Cosmetic testing on animals is cruel, unpopular and unnecessary. There is a vast array of established cosmetic ingredients and non-animal methods to assess safety, so there is no excuse to continue to rely on animal testing for cosmetics or its ingredients “, concludes Humane Society International México.

In this way, Mexico becomes the first country in North America to ban cosmetic tests on animals, and in number 41 worldwide. Regarding the regional level, Mexico now accompanies Colombia, which was the first country in Latin America to ban cosmetic tests on animals through a law sanctioned by President Iván Duque in August 2020.

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