Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals
Half a million. That is how many animals die each year due to the horrendous process of cosmetic testing. Rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and other animals are forced to withstand cruel practices and experiments. Chemicals and substances are placed on their skin, driven down their throats, and dripped into their eyes. Despite these horrors, there have been substantial effort to make legislative and regulatory change, with the ultimate goal to ban animal testing forever.
Mexico makes waves as it becomes the first country in North America to ban cosmetic animal testing. The Mexican Senate unanimously passed the federal bill that not only bans animal cosmetic testing, but will also ban the manufacturing, importing, and marketing of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in any other country. Mexico marks the 41st country to ban cosmetic testing on animals. Currently, seven states in the United States have prohibited this practice.
Rosario Dawson is the creator of an animated video called Save Ralph. This short film went viral across the globe. The video garnered over 150 million views across various social media platforms. This video led to over 1.3 million signatures on a petition in Mexico to urge politicians to vote yes on the bill that would ban animal testing for cosmetic purposes.
Dawson remarks, “I was delighted to lend my voice to Humane Society International’s campaign to abolish animal testing for cosmetics, and could not be more proud to see the impact of #SaveRalph is leading Mexico to become the first country in North America to go cosmetics cruelty-free”.
How can you help?
The Animal-Free Safety Assessment Collaboration is working with various companies, including Lush, P&G, Avon, and Givaudan, in order to promote stronger policies supporting animal-free approaches to cosmetic testing. Before purchasing skin care, makeup products, and other cosmetics, do diligent research to see whether your favorite brands are cruelty-free. Using the site crueltyfreekitty.com makes this research super easy. Simply enter the brand’s name to see whether or not they are a part of cosmetic animal testing.