Mexico Becomes First North American Country to Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing


Maxwell Rabb, The Beet.

September 7, 2021


Mexico just passed a ban on cosmetic animal testing with unanimous support in the country's Senate, marking the first time a North American government has passed this legislation. Mexico’s ban will make it the 41st country in the world to ban animal testing in the cosmetics industry. The bill will extend to prohibit the import, marketing, and manufacturing of all cosmetics tested on animals. The federal bill is sponsored by Senator Ricardo Monreal and supported by cosmetic giants Unilever, P&G, L’Oreal, Avon, LUSH, and more.


The Mexican government passed the bill following years of campaigns and petitions to abandon cosmetic testing within the industry. The campaigns led by ONG Te Protejo and the Humane Society International lobbied the government to pass the ban and replace animal testing with cruelty-free methods.


“We thank the Mexican government for showing leadership on this important issue, and we will continue to work with them to implement the commitments and enforce a robust ban,” Executive Director of Humane Society International in Mexico Antón Aguilar said. “This is a monumental step forward for animals, consumers, and science in Mexico, and this ground-breaking legislation leads the way for the Americas to become the next cruelty-free beauty market, and brings us one bunny-leap closer to a global ban.”


The ONG Te Protejo launched the #CrueltyFreeMexico campaign to challenge the Mexican government to move against cosmetic animal testing...