Federal Government Introduces Legislation to Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing

The Canadian government has introduced Bill C-47, the Budget Implementation Act, which includes provisions to prohibit testing cosmetics on animals in Canada and selling cosmetics that rely on new animal testing data. The amendments also aim to prevent false or misleading labelling pertaining to the testing of cosmetics on animals. Animal protection advocates, including Humane Society International/Canada and The Body Shop, have been working with the Canadian government for a decade to advance the legislation. Monica Engebretson, head of public affairs North America, Cruelty Free International, said: “This is a unifying issue that has earned cross-party support in Canada and will match the progress we are seeing around the world as consumers, companies, regulators, and advocates come together to achieve a common goal of ensuring that animals won’t suffer for the sake of cosmetics anywhere.”