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!
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.
to guidance from PETA-funded scientists, Chinese officials are now in the final
stages of approving the country's first non-animal testing method for cosmetics
3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, which tests chemicals for their
potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight—and which is
already in widespread use in the U.S. and the E.U.—is expected to be accepted
in China by late summer.
summer, when we discovered that China was requiring animal tests for cosmetics
to be funded by cosmetics companies—including Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay,
which for years had been on PETA's list of companies that don't test cosmetics on animals—PETA awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences. These scientists traveled to China
several times to offer their expertise and guidance in replacing animal-based
tests—which are cruel and
unreliable—with non-animal alternatives.
is delighted to have helped jump-start the acceptance of non-animal tests in
China and congratulates Chinese officials for acting swiftly to implement the first
in a wide range of non-animal
Written by PETA
Pop sensation Rihanna has signed on with Parlux Fragrances Inc. to create her own perfume, Reb'l Fleur. Since Parlux signed PETA's statement of assurance in 1995 pledging not to conduct or pay others to conduct tests on animals, this move is a step in the right direction toward a cruelty-free life for Rihanna.
We sent the "Reb'l Fleur" (a nickname given to Rihanna by her grandmother) a bouquet of flowers to thank her for partnering with a compassionate company.
"Rihanna's decision to team up with Parlux is as kind to animals as her music is to your ears," says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. "By renouncing animal tests, Parlux is proving that beauty doesn't have to have an ugly side.
Sing "Live Your Life", order your cruelty-free shopping guide, and create a little less disturbia for the world, right?
Written by Joseph Mayton
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