While the European Union, Norway, Israel and India have banned animal testing for cosmetics, 80% of the world, including Canada still allows animal testing for cosmetics. Cruelty Free International is working to change this and Canadian actress Tricia Helfer has teamed up with the campaigning organization to help end cosmetics testing on animals in Canada.
Tricia said, “Animals shouldn’t suffer for the sake of beauty. I am proud to join Cruelty Free International in urging Canada to end cosmetics testing on animals.”
Cruelty Free International began campaigning in Canada in 2012 gathering pledge signatures in Body Shop Canada stores as part of the largest ever global initiative to end the use of animals to test cosmetics. In February 2014, Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop Canada presented the global pledge to Elizabeth May MP, Leader of the Green Party and launched a new petition to call on the House of Commons to establish a ban on animal testing for cosmetics.
Cruelty Free International’s North American Campaign Manager, Monica Engebretson, said: "It is wonderful to now have Tricia Helfer add her voice to Cruelty Free International’s Canadian effort to raise awareness and keep the momentum going. She joins a growing list of celebrities who want to help ensure that cosmetics are safe and humane everywhere in the world.
“The Canadian Government through Health Canada works to ensure product safety for Canadians, and we believe that this goal is compatible with ending cosmetics tests on animals as modern alternatives are usually cheaper, faster and more predictive than the antiquated animal tests.”
Canadians can add their voice to Cruelty Free International’s online petition urging Health Canada to take action.