Do you go out of your way to read the labels on your favorite beauty items to ensure that they are not tested on animals? If so, did you know that even though a company claims to enact humane standards in the US they may not follow those standards in another country. In fact, China legally requires beauty brands to test on animals if they want to sell those products in the country. Yes, testing beauty products on animals is a requirement in China. I don’t know about you but I can’t remember when the last time my dog borrowed my lipstick or my bunny used my body wash. Brands such as Yves Rocher, Mary Kay, and L’Occitane have decided to go against their initial cruelty-free stance in order to achieve global sales and sell their products in China. Quite pathetic if you ask me.
Thankfully, some companies have decided to stick to their code of ethics – Urban Decay being one that hasn’t traded their moral principles for profits. In fact, the company recently reinforced its devotion to animals by deciding not to sell in China until the country makes some changes to their procedures in regards to the testing of beauty products. Kudos to Urban Decay and its founder, Wende Zomnir, for their commitment to being truly cruelty-free. Profits should not come at the cost of subjecting animals to cruel and unnecessary testing. So support Urban Decay and help them in their fight against this cause. They have a number of great beauty products so making the switch should be easy. Plus, they currently have a sale on their site so stock up now.
To find out if your favorite brand is 100% cruelty-free visit Leaping Bunny for a complete list of companies that have adopted a no-tolerance policy on animal testing in all countries that their products are sold in. And, while you’re at it, be sure to also sign the Human Society’s “Be Cruelty-Free” Pledge to help put an end to this inhumane practice. – NIN