May 26, 2013 – A group of animal advocates protests at The L’Oreal Warehouse sale in Ville Saint-Laurent. On the Facebook Event, it is explained that the motive for the protest is because the company continues to use animals to develop cosmetic products in 2013 while there are other existing methods. It calls on those that value justice and compassion for all living creatures.
The sale of the beauty products brings in a great number of clients; so many that they even have to line up at the door in order to get in. People are not allowed to buy more than $600 worth of products, and only 2 guests for each ticket that is sent out to specific clientele. The sale started on April 24th and will end on May 26th of this year. It has been over a month since the sale began of some products that are tested on animals. Although L’Oreal now carries products that are cruelty free and are known as vegan, the fact is that the majority of their line carries products created from the suffering of millions of animals.
L’Oreal claims to be doing their part when it comes making animal testing obsolete. Last year, L’Oreal donated $1.2 million for research on ToxCast, a chemical toxicity forecaster. It is used to predict how certain chemicals could have any impact on humans. L’Oreal will also provide the cosmetic ingredients to be tested on ToxCast, and then the results of ToxCast will be compared with the results obtained by animal testing by L’Oreal. On December 2012, L’Oreal bought Urban Decay. With L’Oreal acquiring another company that is known for not testing finished products on animals or any raw ingredients of their cosmetics, it shows that they are aware that there is a market for compassionate make-up. In 2006 they bought the Body Shop, which many animal advocates boycotted because they were now part of L’Oreal.
As a matter of fact, L’Oreal claims that they have not tested finished products on animals since 1989. But the testing of certain raw ingredients continues to be tested on animals. It is also true that L’Oreal lists Laval University Hospital Research Center as a partner that will help advance the science of animal-free safety evaluation, which gives no credibility to their claims since this university is well known for their cruel animal testing. Why do they continue testing raw materials on animals?
Certain governments ask for the evidence that the ingredients are safe and many cosmetic companies continue to perform animal testing as evidence. According to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, manufacturers in Canada must be able to prove that their products are safe, according to the Cosmetic Regulations. These are the federal laws relating to cosmetics: The Food and Drugs Act, the Cosmetic Regulations, and the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and Regulations. None of these specify that there must be testing on animals for cosmetic purposes.
Now that the European Union’s has banned the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals, Canadian Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) are creating some heated discussion. According to an interview done for Canada.com, Darren Praznik, president and CEO of the CCTFA said, “L’Oreal in Montreal does hair dyes, 90 per cent are exported. The Estee Lauder companies have a number of major manufacturing facilities in Toronto that produce matte cosmetics, again over 90 per cent exported.” The CCTFA is made up of over 170 members. The CCTFA lobbies for all the 170 companies that are in the make-up industry.
Also, The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is jumping in to the equation against the European ban of animals used in testing. The CCAC is said to provide guidelines on the ethical use and care of animals in science. It is an organization that states that animal testing can be done humanly. Dr. Gilly Griffin, programs director for the CCAC explains that “At present, some of the areas of testing are difficult to replicate by non-animal methods…reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and toxicokinetics – how compounds are metabolized by the body.”
It is important to see that these two groups were created in order to satisfy Canadian Government regulations and satisfy the cosmetic industry economy. Activists should focus efforts in educating the public and also educate the people on how the government has a say in what is going on when it comes to animal testing. Canada should support the actions of the European Union and also ban the use of animal testing on cosmetics. It seems that now there will be Canadian groups lobbying to ask the European Union to change their decission on the ban because it will have impact on the trade of cosmetics.
At the moment there are two petitions asking for Canada to stop the testing of cosmetics on animals. It would be ideal that the petitions would ask for a ban on the practicing animal testing in general…but so far there are only petitions for discontinuing animal testing for cosmetics. One of the petitions is through the company LUSH in partnership with the Humane Society International Canada and Animal Alliance of Canada. This petition can be signed via their website or you can visit any LUSH store to sign the paper petition. The second petition is by animal advocate Christelle B on Avazza.org.
The following are brands carried by L’Oreal Cosmetic
- L’Oréal Paris
- Maybelline New York
- CCB Paris
- La Roche Posay
- L’Oréal Professionnel
- Shu Uemura Art of Hair
- Helena Rubinstein
- Shu Uemura
- Giorgio Armani
- Ralph Lauren
- Viktor & Rolf
- YSL Beauté
- Maison Martin Margiel
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