What Is Bill S-214?
Bill S-214 amends the Food and Drugs Act to prohibit both domestic cosmetic animal testing as well as the sale of cosmetics that have undergone any form of new animal testing after the ban comes into effect, consistent with the precedent established in the European Union.
Bill S-214 passed the Senate with unanimous consent in 2018 but now it must move through the House of Commons to be law.
We only have less than 5 months for this to happen as it is election year so if it does not pass by the end of June 2019, the entire process will have to start over again after the next election.
The Cruelty of Animal Testing and Why It Has To End
Animal tests carried out in the cosmetics sector include eye and skin irritation experiments, in which a cosmetic product or ingredient is rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of rabbits; skin allergy tests using guinea pigs or mice; and force-feeding studies that last weeks or months. These tests inflict considerable pain and distress, which can include blindness, swollen eyes, sore bleeding skin, internal bleeding, organ damage, convulsions and death. Pain relief is seldom if ever provided and at the end of a test the animals are killed by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.
37 countries have banned cosmetic testing including the European Union which is the largest cosmetics market in the world and they have banned animal testing , along with India and Israel just to name a few. In the U.S., California, Virginia, New York and New Jersey have banned animal testing for cosmetics. You can read more about the history of cosmetic testing here.
How You Can Help
- The most important action that you can take is to call, email or meet your Member of Parliament and ask them to support Bill S214 – Canada’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act to make it law in Canada. If you’d like to elaborate, you can further support your email/conversation by stating many countries have already banned cosmetic testing and it’s completely unnecessary and outdated given the many alternative cruelty-free testing methods available. Ensure you do sign your full name, city and country that you are emailing from. View our sample letter here.
- Always respond back if you get a response from your Member of Parliament. It is very important you stay engaged so they know they are communicating with a real person. It also allows you to build a relationship for any future issues.