FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

Thanks to your support, we've gathered over 8 million signatures for our global campaign and over 900,000 signatures in Canada to end animal testing in cosmetics forever. The global petition has now made its way to the United Nations, but the fight isn't over in Canada where we continue to lobby the government to pass the ban.

With your support we're petitioning the Canadian Government to pass legislation that would ban animal tested cosmetics. Stay tuned for more updates!

FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING MILESTONES

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WHAT ARE WE DOING TO BAN COSMETIC ANIMAL TESTING IN CANADA?

Our main efforts have focused on collecting as many petition signatures as we could – both for an International UN petition as well as in support of a Canadian Bill (Bill S-214, The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act). With your help, we have secured over 900,000 signatures from Canadians! Our store teams have submitted signatures to Parliament and have met with their local MPs to share this incredible effort. The Body Shop has partnered with key stakeholders, lobbying to push Bill S-214 to the House of Commons. And while Bill S-214 may not make it all the way through in this sitting, we will continue to focus our efforts on ensuring a government bill to Ban Cosmetic Animal is introduced after the election.

We believe all these campaigning efforts – marches on parliament, pet festivals, petition signatures, government lobbying, emails and phone calls – will secure a ban on cosmetic animal testing in Canada. We know Canada wants a ban. Let’s see this through!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

BE AN ACTIVIST

• Get active on social media and help us spread the message!
              
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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).