Victory! Companies Ban Badger-Hair Brushes After Shocking PETA Exposé

Published by Zachary Toliver.

After PETA shared a horrifying video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry with Procter & Gamble – which owns The Art of Shaving – it quickly agreed to stop sourcing badger hair immediately.

Since hearing from PETA, 100 brands have said NO to this bloody business, including Edgewell Personal Care, the owner of brands such as Wilkinson Sword, Schick, and Skintimate.

  • Baxter of California
  • Beau Brummell
  • Beauty4Pros
  • Bestt Liebco
  • Bevel
  • Bob Ross, Inc.
  • Bonanza
  • Braun Brush
  • Bulldog
  • Caswell-Massey
  • Claudio Riaz
  • Cremo
  • Crown
  • Czech & Speake
  • The Executive Shaving Co.
  • Fine Accoutrements
  • Floris London
  • FM Brush Company
  • French Kiss Cosmetics
  • Garden City Essentials
  • The Good Liver
  • Grooming Lounge
  • Jack Black
  • Kent Brushes
  • L’Oréal Group
  • LovelySkin
  • MinWax
  • Morphe
  • My Makeup Brushes
  • NARS Cosmetics
  • The New York Shaving Company
  • Olivina Men
  • Penhaligon’s
  • Personna
  • Phoenix Shaving
  • Pomades
  • Procter & Gamble (The Art of Shaving)
  • Prospector Co.
  • Purdy
  • Royal Brush Manufacturing
  • RoyalShave
  • Schick
  • SHANY Cosmetics
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Silver Brush Limited
  • Skintimate
  • The Stache
  • The Executive Shaving Co.
  • The Good Liver
  • The New York Shaving Company
  • The Stache
  • The Vermont Country Store
  • Unique Bargains
  • Universal Beauty
  • Valspar
  • Van Der Hagen
  • The Vermont Country Store
  • Wilde & Harte
  • Wilkinson Sword

Badger hair brush bans

PETA’s exposé—which is the first of its kind—shows badgers on the farms held in tiny wire cages exposed to the elements. The stressful conditions often caused badgers to exhibit behavior patterns indicative of severe psychological distress, such as pacing back and forth. Many badgers suffered from untreated injuries, and one was even missing a foot, which the farm owner attributed to a fight with another badger caged nearby.

At the slaughterhouse, workers beat crying badgers over the head with anything that they can find, including a chair leg, before slitting their throats. One animal continued to move for a full minute after their throat was cut.

Badgers are extremely social animals who, in nature, construct elaborate underground burrow systems, some of which are centuries old and have been inhabited by many generations of the same clan. They are fastidious and have separate rooms for sleeping and giving birth as well as designated outside “bathroom” areas.

Sure, humans may look different from badgers, but when it comes to the ability to feel excitement, create family bonds, cherish life, and experience pain, we’re all the same. They are individuals who deserve to live their complex lives on their own terms, not inside a prison cage while awaiting death. Their skin, fur, and hair belong to them alone.

You Can Help Save Badgers Right Now

There’s no justification for stealing others’ hair to make brushes. For the sake of badgers suffering on farms, please, buy only cruelty-free, synthetic brushes. Click the button below to urge Dick Blick Art Materials to drop badger-hair brushes immediately in favor of cruelty-free synthetic ones.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind