Chileans 'Overwhelmingly Support' Laws Banning Animal Testing For Cosmetics, Says Poll

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Many poll respondents wanted to see laws against cosmetics animal testing (Photo: Annie Spratt)

Many poll respondents wanted to see laws against cosmetics animal testing (Photo: Annie Spratt)

The vast majority of Chileans (78 percent) oppose animal testing for cosmetics, according to a new poll by Cadem consultancy.

Data shows that an addition 86 percent of respondents think the practice should be banned in Chile - by implementing laws already enacted by 37 other countries including Israel, India and New Zealand (and countries in the EU).

According to Humane Society International [HSI] - which commissioned the poll alongside ONG Te Protejo - the results 'strongly bolster' the organizations' collaborative #BeCrueltyFree campaign to modify Chile’s Health Code to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and trade nationwide.

Many animals are killed in lab tests every year

Many animals are killed in lab tests every year

'Heartening'

Camila Cortínez, NGO Te Protejo General Director, said: "It is heartening to see that the people of Chile share our belief that animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is cruel, archaic and should be outlawed.

"Our findings should serve as a wake-up call to our government and beauty industry that it’s time for Chile to #BeCrueltyFree."

The proposed law anti-animal testing law in Chile - Bill No 10514-11, introduced in 2016 by the bipartisan group PARDA (Parlamentarios por la dignidad animal en Chile) - would modify the Health Code to prohibit the use of animals in toxicity testing of cosmetic products or their individual ingredients in Chile, as well as the sale of cosmetics that been tested on animals abroad after the law change takes effect.