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Animal Defenders International

New bill seeks to end cosmetics testing on animals in Colombia.

Posted: 28 August 2018. Updated: 30 August 2018


A new bill to end the use of animals in cosmetics tests was introduced by Juan Carlos Losada in the Colombian Congress on Wednesday 29 August. Championed by Animal Defenders International (ADI), if passed, it would see Colombia join nearly 40 countries worldwide with such bans in place.

The legislation would prohibit the use of animals in testing cosmetics products and their ingredients, both manufactured in and imported into the country, and come into force 12 months after being passed.

Nearly 40 countries have ended the use of animals in cosmetics tests including the UK, the first country to introduce a ban in 1998, India, Israel, New Zealand and the EU. In the USA, The Humane Cosmetics Act seeks to phase out animal testing for cosmetics, and the sale and transport of such products.

In May 2018, Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling for a worldwide ban by 2023. ADI is urging the Colombian Congress to lead the way in Latin America, becoming the first to adopt a nationwide ban.


Cosmetics tests on animals can include repeat dose toxicity tests to observe chronic, long-term effects on organs. For such tests, animals may be forced to inhale products, or have them pumped down their throats or applied to their skin. For skin sensitisation tests, to assess potential allergic reactions to substances, researchers may deliberately cause painful damage to the animalsí skin.

Investigations undertaken by ADI have exposed the terrible torment endured by animals in cosmetic testing, including racks of rabbits restrained in stocks while products are dripped into their eyes and guinea pigs suffering raw and inflamed skin lesions.

Such tests cause immense suffering and are unnecessary and unreliable. Advanced non-animal alternatives are available that avoid the fundamental differences between species in their reaction to substances and misleading results from animal models.


Get involved!

  • If you live in Colombia, urge your congress members to support the bill today.
  • Outside of Colombia, contact the Colombian Embassy in your country, asking them to support proposals to end cosmetics testing on animals.
  • Wherever you live, support this campaign for animals.

© Animal Defenders International 2018