Friday, November 2, 2012

Animal Testing Update


Years ago it was difficult to find a cosmetic product that was not tested on animals. You would have to find obscure brands in health food stores or mail order, sometimes from other countries like England. Then things started to change. More and more large companies such as Revlon, Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder stopped animal testing. It was easy to buy a lipstick without worrying if it was tested on animals or not.

 I say it was easy because it seems we are going backwards in the animal testing department! I noticed many brands I like, such as Estee Lauder brands, were moved from the no animal testing list to the animal testing list on the Caring Consumer Data Base. I decided to send Estee Lauder an email asking why. These companies usually respond quickly when I write to them but, I have gotten no response, so I did a little research. Apparently, many of the big companies are quietly back to their nasty animal testing policies. Why? Well, it seems they want to sell their products in China. China is one of the few backwards countries the requires that cosmetics be animal tested. Backwards because there are advanced cosmetic testing options that do not involve animals available now. Estee Lauder, MAC, Avon and Mary Kay are now testing on animals again. 

Estee Lauder owns many brands including the popular Aveda, Bobbie Brown, Clinique, Flirt, Origins, MAC and Smashbox. Smashbox used to have the cruelty free bunny right on it's website. It's gone, even though they claim in their FAQs that they do not test on animals "unless required by law". I hate that phrase. I guess that means Chinese law! Only Aveda remains on the Caring Consumer not tested on animals list. MAC is on the animal testing list along with Estee Lauder, Avon, Mary Kay and Revlon. 

Relvon's email to me states that they ended animal testing in 1989 but, it also says  "Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements. Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which our products are sold".  Revlon supports non animal testing alternatives, but according to their own statement, animal testing is still being done on their products, maybe not by them directly, but they comply in order to sell their products in other countries. What can you do? Let Revlon, Estee Lauder & MAC know your concerns. Let Avon and Mary Kay know as well.

The other problem that is happening is that large animal testing companies are buying up smaller non animal testing companies. For instance, St. Ives was one of my favorite brands. It is now owned by Unilever and is tested on animals. Check the St. Ives website. It no longer states "not tested on animals". Sometimes a big company buys a smaller company and allows it to run independently. Take Bare Escentuals for example. It is owned by Shiseido, an animal testing company, but it remains not animal tested. You see confusing it is again!

There are still some of my favorite makeup brands that are not tested on animals for sure! Bare Escentuals, E.L.F., Josie Moran, Physician's Formula, Prestige, Stila, Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Victoria Secret and Wet n Wild. For now, you can buy these brands without worrying! Below is a list of companies that are back to their old tricks along with links to their contact pages. Tell them what you think about animals being tortured for us to look more beautiful!

   
List of Customer Service Contact Pages for Companies testing on animals again

Avon http://www.avoncompany.com/aboutavon/contactus-global.html
Estee Lauder http://www.esteelauder.com/customer_service/contact.tmpl
MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com/customer_service/contact_us.tmpl
St. Ives http://www.stives.com/
Mary Kay http://www.marykay.com/en-US/_layouts/MaryKayCore/ContactMK.aspx
Revlon http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Revlon-General/Contact.aspx

Smashbox  http://www.smashbox.com/customer_service/contact_us.tmpl (not officially on the Caring Consumer animal testing list)

Link to Caring Consumer Data Base http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

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