Be Cruelty Free - Humane Society International

ZAYA is thrilled to become official partner of Humane Society International (HSI) and help raise awareness.

Be Cruelty-Free Canada is part of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign, the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing, it is coordinated by Humane Society International/Canada (HSI/Canada) and Animal Alliance of Canada. Be Cruelty-Free is helping to achieve real change!

On December 10, 2015, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act (Bill S-214), to ban cosmetic animal testing and trade in Canada, was introduced by Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen. On the anniversary of that milestone, another breakthrough in the Be Cruelty-Free Canada campaign (which works to ban cosmetic animal testing in the country) was reached when the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act passed its second reading on December 14th, 2016 with strong Senate support.

If the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act becomes law, it seeks to ban cosmetic animal testing in Canada and the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been newly tested on animals outside of the country.

  • The Food and Drugs Act requires that all cosmetic and other personal care products sold in Canada be safe when used as intended, but does not specifically require animal testing to substantiate safety.
  • Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned across the European Union, Norway, Israel, India and New Zealand, with similar measures currently under discussion in Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States under the leadership of #BeCrueltyFree campaign teams in these countries.
  • 88 percent of Canadians agree that testing new cosmetics is not worth animal suffering, and 81 percent of Canadians support a national ban on animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients, according to polling by the The Strategic Counsel of behalf of Animal Alliance and HSI.
  • An ever-growing number of alternatives to animal testing have been developed with financial support from governments and industry, and accepted by regulatory authorities. Examples include human cell-based models for skin and eye irritation, skin allergy, skin absorption, genetic toxicity, and sunlight-induced “phototoxicity.”

How can you help? You can show your support by signing the #BeCrueltyFree petition to end Animal Testing, these signatures are important as these are presented to policy makers in each country where the fight continues.

Together, we can make Canada the next country to #BeCrueltyFree.