FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

Thanks to your support, we've gathered 8 million signatures for our 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 GET OUR GLOBAL BAN ON ANIMAL TESTING IN COSMETICS?

First, we take our petition to the UN with lots of our animal-loving friends. We’ll then talk to as many decision-makers at the UN as we can. We want to win their support and work with them to create an international agreement to end animal testing in cosmetics across the globe. Finally, we lobby and campaign in different countries to ensure that this law is adopted and enforced everywhere.

A GLOBAL BAN IS VERY AMBITIOUS. IS IT ACTUALLY ACHIEVABLE?

We think so. We’ve had an incredible response to our campaign so far. Animal testing in cosmetics has been banned in the EU for five years now, and market research indicates that vegan and cruelty-free are two of the biggest issues for customers in 2018. We’ve also seen rapid innovation in science and technology, so that non-animal testing can quickly become the mainstream. There’s never been a better time to call for an end to animal testing in cosmetics!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO END ANIMAL TESTING IN COSMETICS?

We’re heading to the UN before the end of 2018 with our petition. With Cruelty Free International, we’ll be working hard to reach an agreement. International decision-making can take time, but your signatures prove people want action now. We are already seeing more and more countries, like Canada, Brazil and Australia, move towards ending animal testing in cosmetics. We expect this momentum to continue. That means it’s really important to create a unified framework, so that all countries have the same laws to finally end it for good.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

BE AN ACTIVIST

• Show your support with our campaign t-shirt. Don’t forget to share a picture on social using the hashtags #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting #TheBodyShop #crueltyfreeintl
• Check out our step-by-step guide on how to help us ban animal testing in cosmetics.

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    SO HOW DO WE TEST?

    Our 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 involving computer data, laboratory-created tissues and people:

     

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. We will 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.


  5. We will 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

We reach 3 million signatures in our petition with Cruelty Free International.

2018

We reach 8 million signatures in our petition with Cruelty Free International. We take our petition to the United Nations to ban animal testing in cosmetic worldwide.