Canada’s Poised to Make Cosmetics Cruelty Free

Animal advocates are applauding lawmakers in Canada for bringing the country closer to embracing cruelty-free beauty by moving forward with legislation that would ban animal testing for cosmetics.

The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S-214) will amend the Food and Drugs Act to make it illegal to test cosmetics products or their ingredients on animals in Canada, and it will ban the sale of beauty products that have been newly tested on animals elsewhere in the world.

It was first introduced in 2015 by Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen, but didn’t pass the Senate until last summer. Now, it’s supporters are celebrating another major step forward with its introduction in House of Commons by Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Marilyn Gladu.

“Protecting animals has always been a cause that I care deeply about and I am pleased to sponsor this bill so MPs can debate this important issue,” said Gladu.

If it’s passed, Canada will become the 40th country in the world to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

“As a proud Canadian I could not be more pleased to see my country move a step closer to becoming a cruelty-free beauty market. In 2019, with the vast array of established cosmetic ingredients and animal-free approaches to safety assessment, there’s simply no excuse for continued reliance on animal testing for cosmetic products or ingredients,” said Troy Seidle, Vice President of Research & Toxicology for Humane Society International (HSI).

Around the world, dozens of countries have closed their doors to the cruel, unnecessary, wasteful and outdated use of animals to test personal care products and cosmetics, while hundreds of companies have also proven that they can make quality products without causing harm.

Not only do these bans protect animals from unnecessary suffering, but continuing to push for them in more countries will keep them competitive in a global marketplace where more and more doors are closing to products that were tested on animals.

“We urge the Canadian government to act quickly and pass this crucial legislation to prevent any more animals from suffering needlessly. We look forward to working with officials to see Canada join other nations in taking a stand against cruel cosmetics by enacting the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act,” said Liz White, director of Animal Alliance of Canada.

According to HSI, 88 percent of Canadians agree that testing new cosmetics isn’t worth causing animals pain and suffering, while 81 percent support a national ban on testing ingredients and cosmetics on them. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have already spoken out in support of getting this passed, so hopefully enough public pressure will get this bill pushed through quickly before the next election and save countless animals from being tortured in labs for nothing more than our vanity.


You can show your support by signing and sharing the petition urging Canada’s House of Commons to pass the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act.

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.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H6 days ago

Agree it is a good start. I hope it goes through. But really, Canada, work on the seal hunts if you're so against abuse.

Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan H12 days ago


Sarah A
Sarah A12 days ago

thank you for sharing

Nancy B
Nancy BIELECKIE21 days ago

As the DNA is very different in other species than our own, it has never made sense to test on animals. No test result should be seen that was conducted on animals as having any validity towards human reaction/s. This practice must be stopped world wide, sooner than later.

Martha P
Martha P22 days ago

thank you

Angela K
Angela K25 days ago

Petition already signed & shared

Renata K
Renata Kovacs29 days ago

Thank you for sharing,

Leo C
Leo C29 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

oliver mally
oliver mally29 days ago

make it part of the law! great one!

Michael F
Michael Friedmannabout a month ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!