Behind the scenes, the beauty industry can be pretty ugly. While more than 40 countries worldwide have outlawed animal testing for cosmetics, many countries still allow domestic animal testing, as well as the sale of beauty products and ingredients that have been tested on animals elsewhere in the world. Believe it or not, Canada has yet to join this list of countries, but we’re getting closer.
In 2015, Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen (now retired) introduced the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (Bill S-214) to the Senate. Working closely with the Humane Society International and the Animal Alliance of Canada, she called for a ban on animal testing and the sale of animal-tested ingredients and products for cosmetics in Canada. This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019. You can join the #BeCrueltyFree campaign by purchasing and supporting these awesome cruelty-free cosmetics brands.
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Shampoo Bar, Lush, $14.
Nude By Nature
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MEOW MEOW TWEET Grapefruit Baking Soda Free Deodorant Stick, The Detox Market, $21.
Lise Watier Cosmetics
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Essential Lip Color, Cargo, $22.
Glossier Lash Slick Mascara, Glossier, $20.