On 20th December 2023, animal testing of cosmetics, and the manufacturing, import, and marketing of cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world, were banned in Chile, after the Chilian Senate unanimously voted for Bill 13.966-11 in a plenary session chaired by Juan Antonio Coloma. This makes Chile the fourth country in Latin America that has banned this type of test in cosmetics. The bill was unanimously passed by the Chamber of Deputies in December 2021 and by the Senate Health Commission on November 23.

Backed by a long campaign of several animal protection organisations, including ONG Te Protejo and the Humane Society International, the Animal-Free Safety Assessment Collaboration, a global initiative that brings together corporate and non-profit leaders (including Lush, Unilever, Avon, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, the Chilean cosmetics industry association Camera Cosmetica, and other cosmetic and chemical manufacturers) also supported this ban.

Senator Juan Luis Castro, president of the Health Commission, said, “This is a historic step forward thanks to the determined support of Te Protejo and Humane Society International. We are pleased that we have taken a step in the right direction for animal protection so that cosmetics will never be tested on animals again in Chile.”

Nicole Valdebenito, director of awareness and advocacy at ONG Te Protejo, said, “This is a milestone for our organisation and for animals. Thanks to this initiative, countless animals will be saved from unnecessary cruelty in Chile. In addition to suffering, these experiments are outdated compared to new methods that do not require living beings.”

Daniela Benavides Sanchez, Humane Society International country director for Chile, said, “Thanks to the passion and determination of animal-loving consumers, progressive beauty brands, and politicians across the globe who share our desire for a cruelty-free world, animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in 45 countries. HSI and our partners have been instrumental in securing many of these bans, including in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, South Korea and Australia. Today we are delighted to welcome Chile to this list of nations and commend Juan Antonio Coloma and members of the Senate for making the landmark legislation a reality.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.