THE WHAT? Cosmetics animal testing will be banned in Canada after the government passed measures through the Budget Implementation Act, which will prohibit the sale of beauty products that have been tested on animals as well as those that rely on new animal testing data.
THE DETAILS The Canadian government has worked closely with the Humane Society International, Lush, The Body Ship, Cruelty Free International, Cosmetics Alliance Canada and Animal Alliance Canada to usher in the ban.
“Since the launch of The Body Shop’s first against animal testing initiative in 1989 and our campaigns that have followed, we’re thrilled to finally see this effort materialize in Canada,” said Hilary Lloyd, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, The Body Shop North America. “We applaud Minister Duclos and Health Canada for bringing forth this legislation and thank all who have made this change possible, notably our partners at Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop’s passionate retail teams and activist customers, who delivered over 625,000 signatures to Parliament Hill in 2018 calling for this change.”
THE WHY? Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Government of Canada, explains, “Testing cosmetics on animals is both cruel and unnecessary. That is why we are proud to move forward on our promise to ban cosmetic animal testing and trade. Protecting animals now and in the future is something many Canadians have been advocating for and now, we can all be assured that cosmetics in Canada are cruelty-free, and we will continue to take all necessary measures to improve animal welfare.”