Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

by , 01/24/14
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The state of Sao Paulo in Brazil has taken a stand against animal cruelty by officially banning animal testing for cosmetics, perfume and personal care. The decision will make animal testing a punishable act – any company found testing on animals will be fined a whopping $435,000 per animal.

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Sao Paulo’s Governor Geraldo Alckmin announced the new ban after intensive meetings with animal rights activists, scientists, veterinarians and members of the cosmetics and perfumes industries. After taking each sector’s opinions into consideration, the Sao Paulo government decided to vote against testing on animals – a milestone for the country. First time offenders must pay $435,000 per animal, while repeat offenders could face doubled fines and the complete shutdown of their institution.

The drive toward banning animal testing was spurred by activists last year, who invaded the Instituto Royal lab and freed 200 beagles that were being tested on. The animals were found in extremely inhumane conditions (like having their skin shaven off), while others were found dead or frozen in liquid nitrogen. After the atrocities were discovered, the lab was completely shut down.

Sao Paulo’s new ban has shown that the power of the people can truly enact change. The government listened to input from activists and citizens in the area and responded with a well-investigated decision. The ban on animal testing was announced yesterday, and it’s a huge step forward for animal rights.

Via Phys Org

Images via orenrobertjohn

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  1. Deborah Bradshaw January 26, 2014 at 4:16 am

    This should be happening all over the planet no animals should suffer for stupid humans vanity

  2. Hector Diaz Albiter January 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I am delighted about this decision of the Brazilian government on stopping animal testing for superfluous matters such as cosmetics, perfume and personal care. However, your information about the Instituo Royale is biased, partial and not very accurate, I’m afraid. Allow me to elaborate. First of all Intituto Royale was not closed down ‘after the atrocities were discovered’. It was closed down because of safety concerns of the staff that was working there. Safety concerns regarding the ‘activists, if that was not clear enough. The so-called ‘activists’ entered the facilities a second time, threatening the staff members, ‘rescuing’ lab rats, (that were discovered inside the same plastic bags, dead) and DESTROYING millions in lab equipment. That was the lesser damage, though. Years of vaccine research were lost because of these ‘activists’. Vaccines that could have saved thousands of lives. But I guess rats and dogs lives are more important than human babies. The way you are handling this information is irresponsible. I am more than happy to extend my arguments and I would like you to amend your text, which contributes to the reader to believe that we scientists are cold-hearted, animal-hating monsters. We are not, we are quite the opposite, especially those ones who work on vaccine development. I would gladly provide evidence and references. I would even show you a screenshot I saved from eBay Brazil, where somebody was trying to sell beagles from Instituo Royale. Best Regards. Dr. Hector M Diaz-Albiter, PhD. Specialist in Biology of Vector-borne Diseases. Fiocruz, RJ. Brazil.

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