FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

Thanks to your support, we've gathered over 8 million signatures for our global campaign to end animal testing in cosmetics forever. The petition has now made its way to the United Nations, but the fight for Canada isn't over yet.

With your support we're petitioning the Canadian Government to pass legislation that would ban animal tested cosmetics. You can support by visiting us in store and signing the petition. Every signature counts!

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HOW DO WE BAN COSMETIC ANIMAL TESTING IN CANADA?

Our main efforts have been to collect as many petition signatures as we can. With your help, we have presented over 630,000 Canadian petitions (from The Body Shop global petition) to Parliament Hill during our Pet March in Spring 2018. Our store teams have met with their local Members of Parliament to show the government their constituents care about this issue. With this momentum, The Body Shop has now started a national petition in support of Bill S-214 (Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act) and we’ve begun lobbying with key stakeholders.

We believe all these campaigning efforts; all the pet festivals, all the signatures, lobbying, emails and phone calls, will secure a ban on cosmetic animal testing in Canada. Let’s see this through!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

BE AN ACTIVIST

• Check out our step-by-step guide on how to help us ban cosmetic animal testing in Canada.

• Love our campaign t-shirts? You can now own one! Pick yours up on our online shop

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SO HOW DO WE TEST OUR COSMETICS?

The Body Shop products undergo extensive testing to ensure they are safe and effective for use, while remaining cruelty-free. We use three main testing methods:

 

  • In-silico (computer-based) analysis uses readily available, existing data which will help us to assess the suitability of similar materials through a process of extrapolation of this information
  • Laboratory-produced skin is grown from human skin cells and allows us to conduct safety checks on cells that react in virtually the same way as human skin without harming any people or animals.
  • Finally, to ensure good tolerance on people we will often test our products using patch testing, which involves placing a very small amount of product on person's skin to ensure that it is safe and effective, usually at the final stage of testing a new formulation.
  • We also carry out controlled user trials where people test our products for both skin compatibility and cosmetic effectiveness, under the supervision of medical experts when required.
  • A HISTORY OF FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT

    1989

    The Body Shop started campaigning to end animal testing in cosmetics, the first global cosmetics company to do so.

    1998

    Following our sustained campaign, the UK government banned animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients.

    2003

    Campaigning by The Body Shop and BUAV (British Union for the Abolition)

    2004

    Campaigning by The Body Shop and BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, now Cruelty Free International) contributed to a European Union ban on animal testing in cosmetic products.

    2009

    The European Union implements its ban on animal testing in cosmetic ingredients.

    2013

    We celebrate history. The sale and import of animal tested products and ingredients is banned, completing the EU ban. Our campaign with Cruelty Free International collects 1 million signatures.
    Influencing significant progress across the world as South Korea, New Zealand and India now have a variety of bans in place. Australia is set to follow with a ban promised by July 2017 as is Taiwan in 2019. Cruelty Free International have trained scientists in Vietnam and are now discussing with Thailand and other governments the possibility of a ban across ASEAN.

    2017

    The Body Shop, with Cruelty Free International, launches #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting: the biggest global campaign to ban cosmetic animal testing! The Body Shop reaches 3 million petition signatures in just 4 months.

    2018

    We reach our goal of 8 million signatures and present this to the United Nations to call for a global ban on cosmetic animal testing. Meanwhile, The Body Shop Canada localizes campaign efforts in support of Bill S-214 (Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act).

    2019

    The Body Shop Canada continues lobbying efforts with key stakeholders in support of Bill S-214 (Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act).