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Mexico Moves Toward Banning Animal Testing For Cosmetics

China is the only country where animal testing is compulsory on all imported non-special use cosmetics. Any brand that wants to sell in China cannot be certified cruelty-free.

SOPHIE HIRSH: Mexico may become the next country to ban animal testing for cosmetics. Mexico’s Senate (and the Senate Health Committee) just unanimously endorsed a bill that would outlaw animal testing across Mexico… Next, the bill will move forward to the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of Mexico’s Congress of the Union). Should the bill become law, Mexico will be the first North American country and the 40th country on the planet to ban animal testing…

As Humane Society International (HSI) explained in a press release, the bill would make it illegal to conduct any animal testing for cosmetics in Mexico. It would also outlaw the manufacture, import, and marketing of cosmetics tested on animals. If this bill has similar exceptions to the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, there will probably be an exception for cosmetics sold where animal testing is required. China is the only country where animal testing is compulsory on all imported non-special use cosmetics, and, generally, any brand that wants to sell in China cannot be certified cruelty-free…

Animals used in cosmetic testing include bunnies, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and dogs (beagles). More than 1 million animals are bred, experimented on, and killed every year for the industry, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The tests conducted on these animals are far worse than what humans go through in the makeup chair. Common tests include rubbing chemicals into shaved skin, pouring chemicals into eyes, feeding animals a chemical over and over to determine the chemical’s “lethal dose” — and tests are usually conducted without anesthesia.  SOURCE…

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