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Paul Mitchell Pulls Out of Chinese Market

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 26, 2012

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 Award.


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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.

After 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

In 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.

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  • Tricia says:

    I have used Paul Mitchell’s products for years and this is one of the big reasons. They are wonderful products and a wonderful company.

  • Jane says:

    Fantastic news! Thank you Paul Mitchell and Urban Decay for putting compassion before cash.

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you for being compassionate for the animals sake!!! Much respect and kudos to you! Hopefully you have set a precedent for others to follow suit…like Mary Kay!

  • Helen Stevens says:

    I too have not used Paul Mitchell on a regular basis but I will now!!! Thanks Paul Mitchell!!!

  • DONATA MALUZENSKA says:

    THANK YOU PAUL MITCHELL.I WAS USING AVEDAS PRODUCTS(ESTEE LAUDER)NO MORE.MONEYS IS IMPORTANT BUT NOT EVERYTHING BRAVO TO PAUL MITCHELL

  • Tom Stankosky says:

    We have used your products for many years because of your non-animal testing policy. Now we have even more reason to do so since you, unlike so many other companies who put profit over principle, have refused to sacrifice your principles to the Chinese market.

  • daisy chain says:

    thank you paul mitchell and urban decay for putting animals before money and giving them voices in the industry. i am so disappointed that MAC has caved. at least i can continue buying urban decay.

  • michelle weirich says:

    Thank you Paul mitchell for caring about helpless animals more than money… you are a hero!

  • Nora says:

    Thank you very much Paul Mitchell, you are a great example for other cosmetic companbies, way to go!!!

  • Bethany says:

    Mary Kay only tests on animals where required by law, which is only in China. Mary Kay really does care about animals and has been working with the Chinese government to convince them to use non-animal saftey testing methods. read about it: http://www.marykay.com/content/company/pr_pressreleases_ourefforts.aspx. It is a disappointment that the government there is not listening =(.

  • Sherrlyna Photographer says:

    I’ve never used Paul Mitchell products but I will go out of my way now to buy them and for everyone else in my extended family. GO PAUL MITCHELL

  • Tonya says:

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Roya says:

    Tremendous respect and admiration for Paul Mitchell. Not only do you have heart but your products are outstanding. I will be your customer for life and promote you all over the place. THANK YOU!!! Please please please discuss your rationale with your cosmetic company peers so they can also follow in your foot steps.

  • Paul Rousseau says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell for taking such a courageous stand. You are indeed a friend of the voiceless.

  • Heidi says:

    MORE respect for you Paul. Mitchell!!! Will DIFFENTLY start checking out your products ASAP!!!! You DID THE RIGHT THING!!!!! THANK YOU

  • Barb Falls says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell. I love your hair products and will continue forever. You send an example for everyone else. I use your products because I Love Love Animals. Buy Cruelty free.

  • kiz says:

    L’occitane have sold out to the China market and their products sold in China WILL be tested on animals. Their official excuse (on their website)is that it is important ‘not to deprive’ their consumers in China. Clearly it’s more important then to have their products tested on animals!

  • Rhonda says:

    I am so proud of Paul Mitchell’s decision to stick to his standards! I began using his hair care products nearly 20 years ago for that reason! Excellent!

  • Lora says:

    THANK YOU PAUL MITCHELL!!! :3

  • Pebbs says:

    THANK YOU PAUL MITCHELL!!! KISSES KISSES KISSES!

  • ayesha gaylor says:

    thankyou paul mitchell !!!!!!!

  • shahil says:

    proud of you paul mitchell..

  • Naomi says:

    Boycott Chinese products altogether.Good on you Paul Mitchell a big WELL DONE

  • Liezel says:

    Never buy anything from China or buy any animal. Well done to Paul Mitchell and a good example to the rest …

  • Ana says:

    I have for years purchased your ptoduct and continue to do so, nice job Paul Michell and thank you!

  • Susan J says:

    Many thanks Paul Mitchell. You’ve done the Humane thing!

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Just how much more lipstick, hair-spray, shampoo and make-up does this world need? Are we really so vain that we can justify this barbaric and cruel treatment to animals, using THEM to test OUR products? Shame on the companies that do and shame on the people that support them and do nothing.

  • Sergio Quintero says:

    ¡¡Very good news, congratulations!!

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve been using Paul Mitchell for years due to their non animal testing policy so very happy to hear they have not sold out the animals to enter the market in China. Thanks guys! Wonderful, wonderful news

  • Jobi says:

    Bravo! to Paul Mitchell and Urban Decay. Shame on Avon, MaryKay and Estee Lauder and all the other companies who continue to allow animal testing. Bravo too for Peta for “breaking new ground” in China regarding superior animal-free testing. Let’s hope they convert permanently.

  • Tammy Rizer says:

    Way to go Paul Mitchell!!!!! Thank You Thank You Thank You

  • natalia says:

    this is wonderful from P Mitchell. God bless u!

  • timothy says:

    STOP THIS TORTURE NOW

  • Inbar says:

    Bravo Paul Mitchell! I apprecitae your decision to pull out of the Chinese market. I wish other companies too will understand that in “loosing” some yuans, they are gaining good publicity and loyal customers who appreciate their moral standing

  • HELEN says:

    SHAME ON YOU CHINA!!!! GOD BLESS YOU PAUL MITCHELL!

  • HELEN says:

    SHAME ON YOU CHINA!!!! GOD BLESS YOU PAUL MITCHELL!

  • Sylvie says:

    THANK YOU PAUL MICHELL! I NEVER BUY SOMEHTING COMING FROM CHINA, BECAUSE I KNOW THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANIMALS!

  • Alexandra says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH PAUL MITCHELL! I NEVER BUY PRODUCTS THAT HAVE BEEN TESTED ON ANIMALS! CHINA IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO HAVE RESPECT!!! i WILL NEVER BUY SOMETHING COMING FROM CHINA TILL THEY DON’T CHANGE!

  • Sspenser says:

    Woohoo!

  • Wendy says:

    Way to go, Paul Mitchell!

  • Marietta says:

    Bless you Paul Mitchell!!

  • Mirella says:

    Thank you !!

  • Frances Letzer says:

    I WILL NO BUY ANY PRODUCT THAT IS INVOLVED IN ANIMAL TESTING AND CHINESE FUR TRADE. CHINESE PRODUCTS NEED TO BE BOYCOTT AS WELL I SUPPORT THE COMPANIES THAT ARE NOT USING ANIMAL TESTING . THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP.

  • Georgia says:

    Thank You Paul Mitchell!!!!!

  • Courtney Kost says:

    Thank you!!

  • anju says:

    please stop this cruel practice!

  • Phoenix hair ad beauty ltd says:

    Good on Paul Mitchell brand ! China wake up we do everything we can not to buy from china !!!!!

  • Laureen says:

    Great news! I am a huge fan of Paul Mitchell Systems and am glad the company is sticking to its moral values. BTW: I read somewhere that Urban Decay also went on the Chinese market and that their products will undergo animal testing. Is this not the case? Can anyone confirm this?

  • pioja12 says:

    What a wonderful news!!! ;)

  • NANCY BRAGG says:

    Thurs july 26 ’12 Avon tests on animals??? yuck Vancouver BC Canada

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