The state of Sao Paulo has banned animal testing for cosmetics, both finished products and ingredients, on 23 January. This makes Sao Paulo the first in Latin America to do something of the kind.
The bill was approved by the Regional Legislative Assembly on December and passed by Governor Gerardo Alckmin. It is now headed to the Regional Ministry of Health for inspection.
The legislation dictates a fine of $435,000 per animal on any institution or research center who violates it. The establishment may also be temporarily or permanently closed and the fine will double for repeat offenders.
According to HSI, the State of São Paulo hosts more than 700 of the 2,300 cosmetics companies in the country, more than any other state in Brazil.