LUSH’S ETHICAL HYPOCRISY EXPOSED IN OTTAWA
Ottawa, August 24, 2011: LUSH cosmetics’ ethical hypocrisy was exposed this afternoon when two Niqab-wearing women protested the LUSH store in Ottawa, Canada. The protest, organised by EthicalOil.org, drew attention to LUSH’s decision to actively attack Canada, a liberal democracy, and its ethical oil industry while profiting from the presence of LUSH stores in Saudi Arabia, a tyrannical regime that doesn’t allow women to drive, doesn’t allow them to work or leave their homes without a male guardian’s permission, and where a woman’s testimony only counts for a half of a man’s.
“LUSH’s fancy soaps won’t wash away the company’s ethical hypocrisy. LUSH has the audacity to attack the tens of thousands of Canadians who work in Canada’s ethical oil industry, while actively profiting from a retail presence in Saudi Arabia, a country that shamelessly represses not only women but ethnic minorities, political dissidents, and gays and lesbians”, said Alykhan Velshi, executive director of EthicalOil.org, which organised the protest. “Ethical Oil from Canada’s oilsands is the Fair Trade choice in oil. People, businesses, and governments have a choice to make: Ethical Oil from Canada, its oilsands, and other liberal democracies or Conflict Oil from regimes like Saudi Arabia.”
EthicalOil.org began as a blog to promote the ideas in television personality Ezra Levant’s bestselling book “Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands.” EthicalOil.org will continue using street theatre and direct action to encourage people, businesses, and governments to choose Ethical Oil from Canada, its oilsands, and other liberal democracies over Conflict Oil from politically oppressive and environmentally reckless regimes.