Canada’s Senate Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Cruel cosmetic testing on animals may soon become a thing of the past in Canada.


This week, Canada’s Senate passed the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (Bill S-214). Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen introduced the bill—which is now in front of Canada’s legislative body, the House of Commons—in 2015 in partnership with Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada. “It is my sincerest hope that Members of Parliament will act swiftly to make cosmetic animal testing a thing of the past,” Senator Olsen said. “The time has come for the Canadian Government to step forward and take action to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and bring Canada into the 21st century.” If the bill is signed into law, it would prohibit domestic animal testing and sale of products tested on animals after the effective ban date. Earlier this month, California’s state senate unanimously passed its own Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (SB 1249) which, if signed into law, will ban the sale of all beauty products tested on animals after January 1, 2020.