Animal testing in Canada VS in France

by alexebelec on March 7, 2016 - 2:56pm

In 2014, Europeans celebrated their first year without animal cruelty in cosmetics. Following them were India, China and South Korea. The most recent country to be added on that list was the United States of America. As you noticed, Canada was not mentioned. (Aldworth 2014)


            In 2012, in Canada, 88 percent of Canadians however agreed that creating new cosmetic products was not a reason to kill, endanger or make animals suffer. 81 percent of Canadians also agreed that we should ban animal testing for cosmetics (Aldworth 2014). The author of the Our Policy on Animal Testing is Distinctly Un-Canadian in Huffington posts mentions that “There simply is no excuse for allowing this unnecessary suffering to continue”. She adds that there are more than 500 cruelty-free companies (Aldworth 2014).


            “A cosmetic product is defined as a product that can help hair, face, skin and teeth” (Murnahgan 2010).


            In 2016, Canada states wanting to minimize animal testing, which means that they want to only test on animal only when it is necessary (Peter 2015). Health Canada wants to protect the humans, so before using cosmetic products on humans, it is necessary to try them on animals before. However, if an ingredient of a product is already determined harmless for humans and people want to use it for another cosmetic product, the product does not have to be used on animals. (Peter 2015) It is perhaps an approach in order to minimize animal testing and also to protect as much as possible animal testing.


            There is also a program of animal testing called the animal care program, in Canada. This program makes sure that animals are treated with dignity and are also treated with respect (Peter 2015). There are also several organizations against animal testing in Canada, which oppose animal testing but however agree with the use of animals for testing primal products that are absolutely necessary for human beings, such as improvement in the medical conditions.


            In 2011, in 28 Europe nations, 11.5 million animals were used for animal testing. Likely, 55% of the total number of the animals were tested in France, UK and Germany (Murnaghan 2010). Focusing on France, there are several makeup companies, skin care companies and hair product companies that test on animals, such as Chanel, Dior, L’Oreal, Vichy, Yves Rocher. It is known that France has a strong opinion towards banning animal testing, citing that they believe that animal testing is necessary for health and safety of the beauty products (Murnaghan 2010).  Likely, the biggest cosmetic company in the world sits in France, which is L’Oreal. However, the ban of animal testing is well viewed by several people in the public of France. It has been said that animal testing will mostly continue in France, and in most parts of Europe (Murnaghan 2010). However, scientific communities and most of the public do support animal testing for medicine and health, but they also do not think it is necessary for cosmetic products. The debate between the public and the cosmetics companies will remain for a while.

            My opinion on this issue is that we should ban animal testing. My mother is a veterinarian at the Canadian border, and she sees the animals that are imported, and she once brought me to see those animals, and they are defenceless, and it broke my heart. I think that animal testing is only a cruel thing, cosmetics are not a necessarily in our world, we should perhaps not use them in order to lower simnifically the number of animals that are tested on. There would perhaps only be tests ran on animals for medicine and health care.


            To conclude, the difference between Canada and France is not that big, because both of the populations of the countries want to ban animal testing. However, the major difference is that France has a lot of cosmetic companies compared to Canada. Those companies strongly disagree with the banning, meaning that France has a lot of less chances banning animal testing in cosmetics than Canada has. Canada is therefore most likely to ban animal testing than France.



Aldworth, Rebecca. “Our Policy On Animal Testing is Distinctly Un-Canadian”. Huffington Posts. Web.  March 18th, 2014.


Murnaghan, Ian. “Animal Testing in Canada”. About Animal Testing. Web. February 20th, 2016.


Peter, Laurence. “ EU Rejects Bid to Ban Animal Testing in European Labs”. BBC News. Web. 4 June 2015.


n.p.  “Companies that Test on Animals: 2016 Update”. Cruelty Free. Web. February 18 2016.


Murnaghan, Ian. “Animal Testing in Europe”. About Animal Testing. Web. 5 August 2010.



Animals are mistreated everywhere in the world for different reasons. This is very saddening however, where there is injustice, there are people fighting and acting to make a change. You have highlighted the debate on animal testing for cosmetics. Many regulations are being changed and developed to protect these animals which are being mistreated. Around the world, animal laws are currently being imposed and thought of. Countries influence each other, meaning that even a small change can travel far.

I wrote a post about this exactly, how animal legislations are influenced and what they are in certain countries. It complements your post as it adds a legislative side to the issue you have analyzed. Although I do not mention animal testing, my post concentrates greatly on animal protection laws which, unfortunately are selective of the animals they defend.

If you are interested on knowing more, here is the link to my post: