Welcome, shoppers! By purchasing products from companies and brands that have banned all tests on animals,* you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, rats, and other animals from excruciating tests and a lifetime of suffering. But how do you know which companies and brands don’t test on animals and which ones are cruelty-free (animal test–free and vegan)? PETA’s Global Beauty Without Bunnies program is the ultimate resource for conscientious shoppers, making the quest for humane products as easy as (vegan) pie. With our searchable online database, you can search by company, brand name, or product type.
What Does It Mean to Be a Global Animal Test–Free Company?
PETA US’ list of companies and brands that don’t test on animals anywhere in the world has been the gold standard for supporters and other consumers looking to shop with compassion since 1987. Our list has grown immensely over the years, from a dozen mail-order companies to thousands of companies that refuse to conduct, commission, pay for, or allow tests on animals for any of their ingredients, formulations, or products anywhere in the world. The list includes manufacturers of cosmetics, personal-care products, household cleaning products, and other common household items.
Companies may be certified by PETA under one of two designations:
- Global animal test–free recognizes companies and brands that have verified that they and their suppliers do not conduct, commission, pay for, or allow any tests on animals for their ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world and that they will never do so in the future.
- Global animal test–free and vegan recognizes companies and brands that meet the same requirements and whose entire product line is free of animal-derived ingredients. These companies are truly cruelty-free.
It’s completely free to be certified under these categories, and once approved, companies may choose to use PETA’s global “Animal Test–Free” or “Animal Test–Free and Vegan” logos. To use any of our logos, companies pay just a one-time $350 licensing fee.
Special Information for Companies in the European Union
Because labeling laws in the EU differ from those in other areas of the world, these logos are specially designed for companies that sell their products in countries that are part of the EU:
Some consumers mistakenly believe that all cosmetics sold in the EU are animal test–free. This is not the case. While the EU enacted legislation banning tests on animals for cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients, there are loopholes in the law. Products tested on animals in other countries, such as China, may be sold in the EU if the animal test data from elsewhere are not used to verify the safety of the cosmetics in the EU. Additionally, some chemicals may be tested on animals for so-called environmental or worker safety reasons. PETA believes no animal should suffer and die for a new lipstick or soap, and we will not list or allow our logo to be used by companies or brands that have allowed tests on animals under these loopholes. Without the PETA logo or listing, consumers in the EU have no way of knowing whether cosmetics companies allow or pay for testing on animals, even if they are compliant with EU regulation.
*What Do ‘Animal Test–Free’ and ‘PETA-Approved’ Really Mean?
In order to be listed by PETA or carry the “Animal Test–Free” logo or the “PETA Approved Global Animal Test Policy” logo, companies and brands must commit never to conduct, commission, pay for, or allow tests on animals at any phase of development, for both ingredients and final products. They’re required to have agreements in place with their suppliers guaranteeing that the suppliers will never, from the moment the agreement is signed, conduct, commission, pay for, or allow tests on animals for the ingredients purchased by the company or brand.
We are aware that many ingredients used by all companies, including our licensees, may have been tested on animals in the past, and we can’t change that history. Our logo recognizes companies that have committed to a strict ban on animal tests from the time they become “PETA Approved” and into the future.
What About ‘Cruelty-Free’ and ‘Vegan’?
To be considered “cruelty-free” under PETA’s Global Beauty Without Bunnies program, a company must not only ban animal tests but also refuse to use any animal-derived ingredients, such as honey, beeswax, or carmine, in its products.
We Are Stopping Animal Tests Worldwide!
Companies used to force substances into animals’ stomachs and apply products and formulations to rabbits’ sensitive eyes and raw skin every time they formulated a new cosmetic, personal-care product, or household item. Happily, this is no longer the case, and many countries have banned most tests on animals. However, in a few countries, including China, tests on animals are still required for many products, and several hundred thousand animals endure this fate every year. Read about the way PETA exposed tests on animals in China and how we’re helping to change animal-test requirements.
Scientists Now Use Non-Animal Tests, Thanks in Part to PETA
Fortunately, in response to consumer demand and PETA’s work over the last three decades, companies and scientists have developed sophisticated product tests that are faster, cheaper, and far more accurate than blinding and poisoning tests, some of which were developed in the 1920s. Human cell cultures and tissue studies (in vitro tests) and artificial human “skin” and “eyes” mimic the body’s natural properties, and a number of virtual organs serve as accurate models of human body parts.
Help Animals Suffering in Laboratories
- Shop with compassion and only buy products from companies that don’t test on animals. It’s easy—just check out our online searchable global database of companies that do and that do not test on animals.
- Help ban cosmetics testing in the United States. Let decision makers know that you are against testing on animals and that you would support a ban on testing cosmetics on them.
- Remember to support only compassionate charities when you write that end-of-the-year check! Some health charities ask for donations to help people with diseases and disabilities yet spend the money to bankroll horrific experiments on dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, monkeys, hamsters, pigs, ferrets, frogs, fish, guinea pigs, sheep, birds, and other animals. Instead of ravaging animals’ bodies to try to find cures for human diseases, compassionate charities focus their research where the best hope of treatment lies: with humans. They understand that we can improve treatments through up-to-date, non-animal methods, and they fund only non-animal research, leading to real progress in the prevention and treatment of disease.
- Check whether a company is cruelty-free while you’re on the go. Our Bunny Free app lets you search for companies by name and tells you whether or not they test on animals.
How Can Companies and Brands Join PETA’s ‘Global Beauty Without Bunnies’ Program?
Let consumers know that your company or brand does not test its products on animals by applying to join our global list of companies and brands that are animal test–free. Please contact [email protected] to request the application materials—there’s no cost to join! Once your company is certified as animal test–free or animal test–free and vegan, you will even be able to license one of PETA’s Global Beauty Without Bunnies logos!