Letter to Health Minister: End Animal Testing of Cosmetics

Photo: Irene receives 5000 letters from the Body Shop customers in her riding

During constituency week, Diane from the Body Shop visited to talk to me about ending animal testing of cosmetic products, and presented me with a large number of petitions from Londoners who want to see Canada end this practice.

I was pleased to take this message to Ottawa on their behalf and have brought this to the Minister's attention.

Here is my letter to the Minister:


Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

Government of Canada

Dear Minister:

I am enclosing information from  Diane Sweitzer, the store manager for The Body Shop Canada in White Oaks Mall in my riding. Ms. Sweitzer came to my office to explain the petition campaign organized by The Body Shop aimed at ending the use of animals for cosmetic testing.

Ms. Sweitzer brought with her the more than 5,000 petitions that she had collected from her store alone.  The goal of the Body Shop campaign is 640,000 by the end of August.  As of April the campaign had achieved 84% of its goal. Clearly the company, its retailers and its clients are very determined that animal testing end.

As you will note from the press release and the Animal Testing Comparison Chart, Body Shop research shows that alternative tests tend to be faster, more accurate and cheaper and from the number of petitioners  there is strong support for banning animal testing. Diane Sweitzer asked that I communicate this information to you and encourage you as Minister of Health to ban animal testing for cosmetic products. 

The Parliament of Canada has been clear in its concern that we take all necessary steps to end animal cruelty.  This would be one of those important steps.  Thank you for your attention to this request and attention to the many petitions sent by Canadians.


Irene Mathyssen MP