Canada Moving Toward Cosmetic Animal-Testing Ban Potentially Stricter Than California Law
The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, S 214, would ban the sale of cosmetics developed with animal testing that’s conducted four years or more after enactment, ostensibly including testing undertaken to comply with foreign regulations. The sole exemption is for animal testing that is Health Canada-authorized.
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Proposed cruelty-free legislation under consideration in Canada’s House of Commons likely will die on the order paper, but animal-welfare advocates are encouraged by strong parliamentary support shown to the bill. In the US, Nevada recently became the second state after California to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and Illinois is next in line.
The turnaround-minded direct seller confirmed in late March that it was in discussions with Natura about a potential transaction. Natura prides itself on its cruelty-free status, and Avon increasingly seems like it could be a good fit in that regard.
Animal testing permitted for ingredients in Europe with purposes beyond cosmetics is not necessarily something that would forfeit products’ marketability in California under its Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. However, industry should seek guidance on the law’s interpretation from the state’s attorney general.