The Body Shop Says Canada Is Close To Banning Cosmetic Animal Testing
The Body Shop says Canada is close to banning cosmetic animal testing. The beauty company is applauding the introduction of Bill S-214, The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, in the House of Commons.
Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu brought forward Bill S-214, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, for First Reading on April 12, 2019. This is a significant step towards ending the sale and manufacture of animal tested cosmetics in Canada, The Body Shop states.
The Body Shop Canada and its partner Cruelty Free International have been working closely with Cosmetics Alliance Canada, MP Gladu, and the Minister of Health's Office on this legislation for over a year.
Toby Milton, general manager, The Body Shop Canada, says, "We are pleased to see Bill S-214 introduced in the House of Commons. We hope all political parties will support this legislation. Canada is closer than ever to finally achieving a ban on the sale and manufacture of animal tested cosmetics."
Monica Engebretson, North American Campaign Manager, Cruelty Free International, adds,
"Ending animal testing is consistent with international precedent and would align Canada with the European Union, one of the world's largest cosmetics markets."
The Body Shop Canada, Cruelty Free International and Cosmetics Alliance Canada have been working together on amendments to address some concerns with the phrasing of Bill S-214, while maintaining its intent. This collaboration represents the leading organizations opposed to cosmetic animal testing and the Canadian cosmetics industry.
The Body Shop launched a campaign in 2017 to end the sale and manufacture of animal tested cosmetics in Canada.
Milton said, "Thanks to the dedication of our customers, store teams and MPs from all political parties, Canada is closer than ever to bringing our cosmetic industry in line with other jurisdictions. The Body Shop is proud to be at the forefront of this initiative."