Al­berta oil-and-gas sup­port­ers launch boy­cott of Lush Cos­met­ics

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - BREN­NAN DO­HERTY

A pro-oil in­dus­try Face­book group has called on Al­ber­tans to boy­cott Lush Cos­met­ics for the com­pany’s long-held stance against North Amer­i­can pipe­line projects.

Lush, based in the United King­dom, has been crit­i­cal of the oil in­dus­try for years. In June 2012, it be­gan a series of ad­vo­cacy cam­paigns in Canada and the United States that called for an end to the ex­pan­sion of pipe­lines and pointed out the en­vi­ron­men­tal risks be­hind Al­berta’s oil­sands. But in re­cent weeks, a so­cial me­dia cam­paign has called for a boy­cott of the com­pany, claim­ing it is caus­ing Al­ber­tans to lose oil-and-gas jobs.

“Our cam­paign to boy­cott Lush and raise aware­ness for their cam­paign to help Al­ber­tans lose jobs is based on the se­vere eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves in Al­berta cur­rently,” said a mes­sage from the Face­book ad­min­is­tra­tor of Pipe­line Ac­tion.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor also said in their mes­sage that Lush has stores in Saudi Ara­bia (it has three), “who are the ul­ti­mate ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Cana­dian oil los­ing its mar­ket hold.”

Lush Cos­met­ics has not re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment con­cern­ing the cam­paign and the al­leged ha­rass­ment of em­ploy­ees.

Read more at thes­tar.com/cal­gary

STARMETRO

A Face­book group wants you to boy­cott Lush for its crit­i­cal stance on the oil and gas sec­tor.

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