Colombia is poised to become the first Latin American country to ban cosmetics testing on animals. A new bill, championed by Animal Defenders International was introduced to the Colombian Congress on Wednesday this week and, if passed, would see Colombia join the nearly 40 countries worldwide with bans already in place.
“Colombia is taking its first steps to becoming a leader in Latin America and banning cosmetics testing on animals. With advanced alternatives available and already in use around the world, this historic bill should pass at the earliest opportunity,” said Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International.
The legislation proposes a ban on the use of animals in testing both cosmetic products and ingredients and would apply equally to imports and those produced domestically.
“The main purpose of the bill is to stop animal suffering in the cosmetics industry and enable Colombian companies to enter the European market, a region that has for years rejected such tests,” said Juan Carlos Losada, House Representative and author of the bill.