Unanimously (103 votes in favor), the senators approved the modifications proposed by the Chamber of Deputies to the project aimed at banning animal testing for cosmetic products. The bill stems from an initiative presented in April 2019 by Senator Ricardo Monreal Ávila.
As a result, the country’s general health law (Ley General de Salud) will prohibit the manufacture, import or marketing of cosmetic products that have been tested on animals or that contain ingredients or combinations of ingredients that have been tested on animals.
The bill was supported by animal rights groups Humane Society International Mexico and Te Protejo. “We are delighted to see Mexico become the first country in North America to ban cosmetic testing on animals, and we congratulate our sponsor of the bill, Senator Ricardo Monreal, and all members of Congress and women d ” voted to end cosmetic animal testing in Mexico,The organizations said in a statement.
Commenting on the vote, Senator Ricardo Monreal Ávila called it “historic”:
El @senadomexicano aprobó, por unanimidad, the iniciativa #BellezaSinCrueldad, cuyo objetivo es prohibit el uso of animals in experiments of the cosmetica industry, y fomentar el desarrollo de mecanismos alternativos. @_AnimalHeroes_ @HSI_Mexico pic.twitter.com/UytwD6godR
– Ricardo Monreal A. (@RicardoMonrealA) September 3, 2021
The bill was also supported by Lush, Unilever, P&G, L’Oreal, Avon and others in the beauty industry, who are working with HSI globally via the Animal Free Safety Assessment (AFSA ) with a view to aligning policies and training measures to support smaller companies and government authorities in the transition from animal testing to advanced non-animal methods, which are readily available.
With the addition of Mexico, animal testing for cosmetics is already officially banned in 41 countries, as well as 10 states in Brazil and seven in the United States. Three other US states – New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York – are currently considering similar bills, and federal bills are awaiting reintroduction in the United States and Canada.