The Canadian Senate has passed Bill S-214 at its third reading, a move that has been described as a ‘surprise’. The bill will be presented to the House of Commons at the beginning of the next legislative session in September and, if passed, animal testing will no longer be permitted for cosmetics in Canada.
The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International both hailed the result as a success for their joint campaign, Forever Against Animal Testing, which to date has collected 6.5 million signatures. The duo delivered a petition to the Canadian Parliament with some 630,000 Canadian signatures in support of a ban – the largest petition to be delivered in over 70 years.
“This is fantastic progress. The support of the Canadian government, and in particular Senator Stewart Olsen, brings us one step closer to a ban on animal testing on cosmetics in Canada for good,” Jessie Macneil-Brown, Head of Global Campaigns at The Body Shop International. “We ask everyone everywhere to keep passionately campaigning and standing up for those who don’t have a voice! Our fight isn’t over yet.”
Monica Engebretson, North America Campaign Manager at Cruelty Free International, added, “We are delighted that Canada is joining the growing international movement towards a world without cosmetics animal testing. Canada now has a real opportunity to become the North American leader on this issue. By ending the sale of animal tested cosmetics, Canada can match global progress and meet the demands of consumers across Canada, who have demonstrated time and again that they support a Cruelty Free Canada.”