Pará, Brazil’s second largest state, became the fourth city in this influential country to ban the inhumane testing of beauty products on innocent animals. São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Paraná have previously banned this act in their states and Para has now followed suit. Pará’s mayor officially signed the Bill (148/2015), which bans the testing of cosmetics and individual ingredients on animals.
“Pará is the second largest state in Brazil, so this is a very significant victory for the animals,” campaign manager for Humane Society International Helder Constantino said. “It is also a strong signal to the National Congress that Brazil wants an end to these unethical and outdated tests and in the absence of federal action, states have been enacting their own protective legislation.” The United States is slow to react, as usual. Several US Representatives reintroduced a similar bill to the Congress last June, but no legislative action has yet taken place. Perhaps we should test the cosmetics on the politicians instead?