Cosmetic animal testing ban moves to Senate for vote

A bill that would ban the use of lab animals to test cosmetics in Canada has been referred to the Senate for debate and a final vote.

At the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology last night, senators voted unanimously in favour of S-214, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act.

First introduced in December of 2015 by Conservative Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen, the bill would prohibit cosmetics testing on animals in Canada and amend the Food and Drugs Act to ban the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured through the use of animal testing. It also would establish that no evidence derived from animal testing may be used to establish the safety of a cosmetic. That applies to products developed in Canada and elsewhere. The bill landed at committee last week.

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