I wanted to do a blog post on Beauty/Fashion information for Vegan Week.
This post, part 1 of 2, is simply to make you aware of which companies and products currently DO and DO NOT use animals for testing purposes.
Animal Testing: Beauty and Household Products
This is a list is from a link which is housed in the article ‘Animal-Friendly Beauty Product‘. In this article, author Jennifer Boyes writes:
Most people assume that companies stopped testing cosmetics on animals decades ago.
However, the practices of using animals for the testing of beauty and household products still continues. Here are some of the major companies and products which use animals for testing purposes.
- Herbal Essences
- Procter and Gamble
- Tilex (Clorox)
- Old English
- Dr. Scholls
A complete list of PETAs DO test on animals, click here.
Which companies and products are ‘cruelty free’?
- Bath & Body Works
- Bobbi Brown
- The Body Shop
- Estee Lauder
- Victoria’s Secret
- Urban Decay
The complete list is here…there are tons. There are also companies which are ‘vegan’ 🙂
How do companies make it on this list?
Companies listed either signed PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.
How do you know if a product is ‘cruelty free’?
“Cruelty-free” labels on products are a fairly good indication that that particular product was not tested on a laboratory animal. Even though the rules and guidelines governing which items can sport a “cruelty-free” sticker are fairly lax and unreliable, most companies know that the consumer backlash would be terrific if they lied about their animal testing policies.
Animal Testing: Animal Food
If you have pets be aware of animal testing which goes on with pet food. Click on this link and scroll to the end of the article for a listing.
To expose this tragedy, PETA conducted a nine-month undercover investigation of a laboratory that performed cruel animal tests for Iams and other major companion-animal food companies. What our investigator uncovered, including the following, would outrage anyone with a heart:
- Lonely dogs driven mad from confinement to barren steel and cement cells
- Dogs dumped on cold concrete flooring after having chunks of muscle cut out of their thighs
- Experimenters who severed dogs’ vocal cords in order to keep them quiet
- Sick dogs who were languishing in their cages without veterinary care
I am honestly surprised at some of the companies products which were on the list of DO use animal testing. Haven’t we gotten to a place where that is just WRONG?
You need to be aware of these things…put your vote with your money.