Written by Michelle Kretzer
Great news! Following thousands of your e-mails and talks
with PETA, Urban Decay has announced
that it won't sell its products in China until non-animal testing methods are
accepted there. We are delighted that Urban Decay is staying true to its
ethic of producing top-quality products without harming animals—even though it
means giving up a market share in China—and we're pleased to return the company
to our list of cruelty-free companies!
The following was originally published on June 7:
After years of touting its "no animal
testing" policy, Urban Decay has let down caring consumers everywhere. The
company opted to start selling its products in China even though Chinese law requires that cosmetics
companies pay for many of their products to be tested on animals in Chinese laboratories
before they can be marketed in that country.
test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal
available. PETA has jump-started the effort for acceptance of non-animal tests by
awarding a grant to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is working with scientists and regulatory bodies to
replace animal tests in China. Thanks to the work of these PETA-funded
scientists, the Chinese government is now poised to accept its first-ever
non-animal test for cosmetics ingredients.
Urban Decay has long held a spot on PETA's
list of cruelty-free companies and offers an extensive line of vegan makeup,
but it has turned its back on animals. Urban Decay could delay its entry into
China, but the company is putting profits over principles.
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