Written by Jeff Mackey
Since PETA began campaigning to expose companies that conduct agonizing and deadly tests on animals, consumers
have firmly supported cruelty-free businesses like those on PETA's list of
companies that don't test on animals. Realizing this, some unscrupulous companies are concealing the whole truth from
consumers about their animal testing policies, but you shouldn't buy their
propaganda—or their products.
Recently, for instance, Shiseido announced that it would mostly stop
testing on animals. While eliminating animal tests is welcome, the company added
that it would continue to test ingredients on animals "where it is required by law." So money spent on Shiseido products will continue to fund cruel testing on
animals in countries such as China, where animal testing is still required by
the government (although PETA's working to change that, too)—meaning that the company has not eliminated animal testing entirely.
Kay is another corporation that seems to
be playing word games with its customers, claiming that it doesn't "conduct"
animal testing. Yet while Mary Kay might not
perform the tests itself,
the company does pay the Chinese government to test its products on animals.
PETA has also repeatedly contacted a number of other
companies that refuse to reveal their animal testing policies. These companies—which
should not be considered cruelty-free until they make a clear statement on
animal testing—include the following:
What You Can Do
By refusing to support companies that test on animals, we leverage
our collective buying power to send a distinct message that testing on animals
for cosmetics is unacceptable. To make sure that you're shopping truly
cruelty-free, please check the online listing of companies that do and that don't test on animals or order your free copy of PETA's first-ever global cruelty-free shopping guide!
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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