Brands are putting profits before principals by returning to animal testing, a mandatory requirement by the Chinese government to ensure that mascaras, lipsticks, blushers and other cosmetics are “safe” for human use.
The leaping bunny logo, an animal cruelty free logo has been stripped from French cosmetic companies L’Occitane, Caudalie, Yves Rocher and from American company Mary Kay.
We were most surprised at L’Occitane, a company that claims it uses natural ingredients from the countryside of Provence in France where the air is clean and the soil is uncontaminated.
We are also surprised at Caudalie, a brand that uses red grapes from the wine area of Bordeaux as their selling point, with anti-oxidant properties that will fight the signs of aging.
Accused of selling out, only Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie, responded:
“”We are now selling our products in China and Chinese government reserves the right to conduct tests with cosmetic products but I have hope this situation will change soon by outside pressure.” She strenuously denied Caudalie was selling out. “I took the decision to sell my products in China in order to respond to Chinese women’s demand who have been asking to use our products for many years,” she said.”
I am sorry but this sounds exactly like selling out – selling to millions of Chinese is worth killing animals for.
You can see the calculation and the greed though, after all, the Chinese cosmetics market is worth billions of dollars and companies from around the world are all trying to get a piece of the pie.
Comedian Ricky Gervais, “a noted anti-vivisection campaigner, told The Independent:
“Like me, most people will be shocked to learn that testing cosmetics on animals is still a legal requirement in China. It makes me really angry that this is still going on, and it makes me particularly angry that some previously cruelty-free companies are abandoning their principles and returning to animal testing in order to profit from the Chinese market.”“
Troy Seidle, director of research and toxicology at HSI, said:
“Cosmetic companies often claim they don’t want to test on animals and only do so ‘when absolutely necessary’. But it isn’t absolutely necessary to sell their products in China, so if they truly had an ethical ethos they would stop animal testing and stick to operating in countries that don’t require rabbits, guinea pigs and mice to endure pain for their profits.””
What you can do:
Sign the global Humane Society International pledge to be cruelty free
Download the worldwide cruelty free shopping guide from leaping bunny
Stop buying from companies and brand names that put profits before morals.