On October 4, 2017 the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology passed Bill S-214, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, with a small amendment which allows the industry a phase in time of four years.
If passed, the Bill would prohibit cosmetic animal testing in Canada and the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing outside Canada. It would also prohibit the cosmetic industry in Canada from using data derived from animal testing done for other purposes.
Representatives from Be Cruelty–Free (Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada), the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and LUSH Fresh Homemade Cosmetics attended the Committee meetings in support of the Bill. The Cosmetic Alliance of Canada presented the same day as the Bill passed and raised multiple concerns about the testing constraints of the Bill.
The Bill now goes to the Senate for Third Reading. We don’t know when this will happen but we will keep everyone posted. In the meantime, Animal Alliance and Humane Society International will provide all Senators with briefing notes about the Bill and be available for a briefing session. In addition we need to keep pressure on the industry so the Bill is not amended further. We can do this through companies like Burt’s Bees whose Vice President of Marketing, Matthew Kohler, sits as a Vice Chair on the Cosmetic Alliance of Canada.
How You Can Help
Please write Mr. Kohler and ask him, as a representative of a cruelty-free company, to advocate for Bill S-214 to be passed unamended. Burt’s Bees represents a company that does not test and is on the Leaping Bunny list (leapingbunny.org/guide/brands).
On their “Frequently Asked Questions” page, the company states, “Burt’s Bees does not test its products on animals nor do we ask others to do so on our behalf. You’ll see the Leaping Bunny seal on our packaging to reinforce our commitment. Please know we are absolutely committed to our no animal testing policy.”
Once the Bill passes the Senate, it will proceed through the legislative process in the House of Commons. So we still have a long fight ahead of us and that is why we need to continue to pressure the government and industry to pass Bill S-214 with no further amendments.
To help us achieve the best possible outcome for the animals, please send a hand written letter to:
Mr. Matthew Kohler
Vice President, Marketing
Burt’s Bees Canada
Vice Chair, Cosmetic Alliance of Canada
c/o Clorox Company of Canada
150 Biscayne Crescent
Brampton, ON L6W 4V3
Please ask him to be a spokesperson for the animals in his role as one of the Vice Chairs of the Cosmetic Alliance of Canada and urge passage of Bill S-214 without further amendments.