September 14, 2016
#BeCrueltyFree Canada Launches #DayofAction to End Cosmetics Animal Testing
by Aviva Vetter
Let’s get right to the point: Animal testing is cruel and is completely unnecessary—yet somehow animals are still made to suffer despite science that clearly confirms they don't have to.
Animal testing is outdated and unreliable. Many animal tests are decades old and have inherent well-known scientific weaknesses due to species-differences. Simply put, mice and rabbits aren’t people. Modern non-animal safety testing focuses on how chemicals used as ingredients in cosmetics affect human, rather than animal, systems.
It's Canada's turn
Cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics are already banned across the European Union, as well as in Norway, India, and Israel. Here in North America, more than 600 companies avoid animal testing by relying on the thousands of existing ingredients already established as safe while employing state-of-the-art testing methods that don't rely on hurting animals. Yet shockingly, animal testing for cosmetics is still legal in Canada.
Campaigning by #BeCrueltyFree Canada, led by Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada, has garnered widespread support from caring Canadians. More than 80 percent support a national ban on animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients. More than 110,000 have already signed our petition in support of the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (S-214) to ban cosmetic animal testing in Canada.
As we hurtle toward the fall session of Parliament, when politicians decide the fate of this landmark legislation, we are calling on you to stand up and be heard. Tuesday, September 13 marked our #DayofAction in support of this issue, but there is still time to help.
There are several ways to make a difference:
- Sign the Petition: Go to becrueltyfree.ca to support the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act to ban cosmetic animal testing in Canada.
- Spread the Word: Share and "like" our tweets, as well as those of our celebrity friends (Bif Naked: @BifNaked / Lauren Toyota: @LaurenToyota / Phoebe Dykstra: @PhoebeDykstra) and campaign partner.
- Shop Cruelty-Free: Learn more about our corporate partners, who offer no shortage of cruelty-free alternatives to animal-tested products.
When you shop with #BeCrueltyFree in mind, you're doing more than saving animals—you're sending an important message to the cosmetics industry with each dollar you spend. The less you spend on products tested on animals, the harder it becomes for governments and businesses to ignore.
With your petition signature, your social media support, and your consumer power, you can help convince your country to say "No" to cruelty in the name of products like hair conditioner and lipstick.
Let's show the world how compassionate Canada can be by demanding a better future for animals.
Aviva Vetter is campaign manager for #BeCrueltyFree Canada and Humane Society International.