This got me thinking about the implications for companies who still test on animals because markets such as China demand it. What are they going to do? Pull out of one of the markets? I think they are going to face some very tough choices, but so far many companies seem to be keeping quiet.
Having read further into the issue, it seems there are ways round it after all...
I am really unsure how I feel about this. Although Urban Decay itself will not be undertaking animal testing, they are in a way condoning it by allowing China to carry out their own experiments. I understand they want to help China improve other issues such as women's rights, but I can't help but feel they might have shot themselves in the foot.
I would hope that an EU ban, and with countries such as Israel banning animal testing for cosmetics, that China will bow to global pressure and review it's own policies. Until then, if I was a cruelty free company, and felt that strongly about it, I would steer well clear! It's just too confusing and controversial for the company's current consumers. Companies such as Paul Mitchell have the right idea.
A brilliant blog post. This proves that the big companies have absolutely no excuse to stay in the Chinese market whilst the laws remain the way they are. It will have been a big decision for Paul Mitchell to pull out, but their beliefs are more important to them. I just wish all other cosmetics companies felt that way.
The upcoming ban has got Twitter excited, especially the companies that have been rallying for this for years.
The Body Shop have been cruelty free for at least 20 years, although until yesterday I did not realise they were owned by L'Oreal, a company who do still test on animals. The blog post below clears this issue up and I am still confident in the Body Shop and it's campaigns. L'Oreal does not profit from the Body Shop and it is run as a seperate entity to the L'Oreal umbrella.
The best way to find out if the brands you know and love are cruelty free is to check with PETA and BUAV. The PETA lists can be found through the links below:
I also just sent off for my 'Little Book of Cruelty Free', a great free resource for those wishing to shop responsibly:
What gets me more than anything is how hard it is to find out from the companies themselves if they are cruelty free. The terms used are somewhat confusing. This whole 'when required by law' seems to be another way of saying 'we want to sell in China, so we kind of do test on animals'. BE TRANSPARENT! We want a clear conscience, you want our money, but we will get to the bottom of it and you will be found out. Take Estee Lauder's policy for example:
There is a whole lot to this, and I could sit here all day getting angry about animal testing for cosmetics. But I have to be honest and say that I probably do own products that are created by companies who's parent companies test on animals. It's so hard to keep up with who owns what!
But I would love to hear what you think, and I am very interested in how this ban is going to affect the market, do you think we will see any brands disappear? Do you think China will cave?
A final point, to make sure you are buying cruelty free, look for the leaping bunny!