Mexico has placed a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals, following a unanimous vote in the nation’s senate. Passage of the new law makes Mexico the first country in North American to ban cosmetic animal testing.
The proposal passed by the Mexico Senate also places a prohibition on manufacturing, marketing and importing of cosmetics made elsewhere in the world that used animal testing. Although the ban makes Mexico the first in the North America to take a stand against animal testing, they are the 41th country around the globe to do so.
“We thank the Mexican government for showing leadership on this important issue, and we will continue to work with them to implement the commitments and enforce a robust ban,” says Antón Aguilar, executive director of Humane Society International (HSI) in Mexico. “This is a monumental step forward for animals, consumers and science in Mexico, and this ground-breaking legislation leads the way for the Americas to become the next cruelty-free beauty market, and brings us one bunny-leap closer to a global ban.”
The new law was sponsored by Senator Ricardo Monreal.
In the United States, although the country as a whole has not banned cosmetic animal testing, seven states have done so, with California being the first (the other states are Virginia, Maryland, Nevada, Maine, Illinois, hawaii, New Jersey, new York and Rhode Island).