Written by Michelle Kretzer
John Paul Mitchell Systems is showing consumers once again why it's a
leader in cruelty-free compassion. The hair-care and salon giant has decided to
pull entirely out of the Chinese market rather than having its products tested
on animals. Paul Mitchell, whose products have never been tested on animals
anywhere in the world and who had not yet been required to do so in China, is
the first cruelty-free company to stop selling in that country in order to
prevent cruel animal tests. For this bold move, PETA, which has been in communication with the
company for months, is presenting Paul Mitchell with its Courage in Commerce
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Mary Kay, Avon, and Estée Lauder recently sold out
animals when they began paying for animal testing in order to market their
products in China and were thus promptly removed from PETA's cruelty-free list. But compassionate companies
such as Paul Mitchell and Urban
Decay are proving that they'd
rather have clear consciences than a few extra yuan in their wallets.
PETA funded a group of scientists to travel to China and offer their advice on
replacing animal experiments with superior non-animal methods, the country is poised
to approve its first
non-animal cosmetics test.
the meantime, please use PETA's
Caring Consumer database and support only
companies that refuse to pay for any animal tests—no matter where in the world
they are conducted.
cosmetics company Urban
Decay has earned PETA's Courage in Commerce Award for
putting animals ahead of market share and reversing its decision to sell in China, where animals are
harmed and killed in product tests. The company's decision followed talks with
PETA and thousands of e-mails from disappointed consumers. While many companies
have shed their cruelty-free policies as easily as last year's fashion for a
share of the profits from China, Urban Decay officials have decided that the
cost was too high. They're corporate champs in our book, and the company is
going back on PETA's
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is afoot in China, too. PETA is financially supporting scientists from the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, who are working with the Chinese government
to replace cruel and
archaic animal tests with superior non-animal methods, and already, we are seeing huge progress. Until the day when
product tests on animals are a thing of the past, we hope other companies eyeing
the Chinese and other markets where cruel tests are required will follow Urban
Decay's example and put ethics first.
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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