Target: Senator Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, Conservative-New Brunswick
Goal: Stop testing on animals for cosmetic purposes.
A Canadian senator is introducing a bill that will prohibit animal testing for cosmetic purposes in Canada. The bill will also prohibit the sale of cosmetic products that have recently been tested on animals in other parts of the world.
Senator Stewart Olsen is pushing for the bill to make it through and stated, “This is a great day for Canada and demonstrates our government’s commitment to ethical beauty and improved regulatory alignment in the cosmetics sector globally.”
Olsen plans on working closely with Canadian stakeholders over the summer so that more improvements to the bill can be made. The bill, called The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, was created after discussions with the Humane Society International (HSI) and Animal Alliance of Canada (AAC). Both HSI and AAC have led the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign, which encourages people to stop using products that have been tested on animals.
Many Canadians are already on board with the cruelty-free movement. More than 500 cosmetic companies in North America have already been certified as cruelty-free. Instead of testing on animals, many of these companies use existing ingredients or new non-animal test methods.
It is important that we move away completely from cruel animal testing. Many of us don’t think about the suffering that rabbits, guinea pigs, and dogs go through when we pick up a shampoo bottle. Chemicals are dripped into their eyes or put on their skin to test these products even though we have already established safer methods. Please sign this petition to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics in Canada.
Dear Senator Stewart-Olsen,
I would like to thank you for your support of legislation that will ban animal testing for cosmetic purposes in Canada. It is time that Canada becomes part of the global movement to #BeCrueltyFree and puts an end to horrifying and cruel animal testing.
The bill, known as the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, will not only stop the sale of cosmetics that have been animal-tested, but also ensure that cosmetic testing on animals is ended in Canada for good.
Thank you for talking with the Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada and working to create legislation that treats animals in a humane fashion. By doing this, Canada joins the other countries that have taken these important steps and helps create a better world for animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals