Canada Comes One Step Closer to Making Cosmetics Cruelty-Free

Animal advocates are applauding lawmakers in Canada for finally moving forward legislation that would ban animal testing for cosmetics in the country.

This week the Senate passed the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S-214), which will ban both animal testing for cosmetics in Canada, as well as the sale of products that have been tested elsewhere. The bill also includes a four-year phase-out period, which would give companies more than enough time to adjust to these changes.

Sen. Carolyn Stewart-Olsen stated:

I’m pleased that the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which I introduced in 2015 in collaboration with Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada, has been endorsed by my colleagues in the Senate. It is my sincerest hope that Members of Parliament will act swiftly to make cosmetic animal testing a thing of the past. The time has come for the Canadian Government to step forward and take action to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and bring Canada into the 21st century.

Now the bill will go to the House of Commons for consideration, where it will hopefully pass. Continued support for S-214 is a promising sign that Canada could be next country to take a compassionate stand on this issue.

Animal Alliance of Canada Director Liz White explained:

We urge Members of Parliament to listen to their constituents, the overwhelming majority of whom support federal legislative action to bring an end to the cruelty of cosmetic testing in Canada. We look forward to working with all parties to see this bill become law. No animal should ever again be made to suffer for the sake of human vanity.

Around the world, dozens of countries have closed their doors to the cruel, unnecessary, wasteful and outdated use of animals to test personal care products and cosmetics. Not only have these bans continued to pass, but hundreds of companies have also proven that they can make quality products without harming animals.

While the effort to pass cruelty-free legislation in Canada has received widespread public support, animal welfare advocates are pushing the U.S. to do the same with the Humane Cosmetics Act. This bill would make it illegal to conduct or commission animal testing for cosmetics after a phase-in period, which would be followed by a ban on the interstate sale of products and ingredients that involved animal testing.

Take Action!

You can show your support for ending animal testing for cosmetics in the U.S. by signing and sharing this Care2 petition that urges Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act.

For more on how to help in Canada, check out the Animal Alliance of Canada and Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty Free campaign.

To find cruelty-free personal care products and cosmetics already on the market that have been certified by the Leaping Bunny Program, check out Cruelty Free International.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.


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Chad Anderson7 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R7 months ago

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