Written by Michelle Kretzer
John Paul Mitchell Systems is showing consumers once again why it's a
leader in cruelty-free compassion. The hair-care and salon giant has decided to
pull entirely out of the Chinese market rather than having its products tested
on animals. Paul Mitchell, whose products have never been tested on animals
anywhere in the world and who had not yet been required to do so in China, is
the first cruelty-free company to stop selling in that country in order to
prevent cruel animal tests. For this bold move, PETA, which has been in communication with the
company for months, is presenting Paul Mitchell with its Courage in Commerce
© Chris Garcia
Mary Kay, Avon, and Estée Lauder recently sold out
animals when they began paying for animal testing in order to market their
products in China and were thus promptly removed from PETA's cruelty-free list. But compassionate companies
such as Paul Mitchell and Urban
Decay are proving that they'd
rather have clear consciences than a few extra yuan in their wallets.
PETA funded a group of scientists to travel to China and offer their advice on
replacing animal experiments with superior non-animal methods, the country is poised
to approve its first
non-animal cosmetics test.
the meantime, please use PETA's
Caring Consumer database and support only
companies that refuse to pay for any animal tests—no matter where in the world
they are conducted.
Written by PETA
"do test" and
"don't test" lists have been an essential part of shopping for millions of
people for nearly three decades—and in all those years, we've never made a
change to the way we list companies: They either conduct (or pay someone to
conduct) painful skin, eye, and other poisoning tests on animals, or they don't.
© Jessica Florence
for the first time ever, we are launching a new category, called "Working for Regulatory Change." This
new category recognizes manufacturers that only conduct tests
on animals that are required by law and work hard to develop and lobby for the
validation of non-animal tests. The requirements for making the list are as tough
as boot camp. In addition to refusing to conduct any tests on animals that are not
required by law and devoting substantial support and human hours toward the
acceptance of non-animal methods, companies must lift the veil of secrecy and
talk openly with PETA about what tests they conduct on which species and how
many animals are used. And they have to do it every year.
such tough standards to meet, it's not too surprising that only one company is
on the "Working for Regulatory Change" list so far: Colgate-Palmolive.
Colgate has been transparent with the public and with PETA about what it does
and why, and the company has had a moratorium on all tests on animals for its
adult personal-care product line for more than a decade. In its last reporting year,
Colgate conducted no tests on animals at all.
never suggest buying products from companies that test on animals, but we also
recognize that some companies have never spent one corporate dime on developing
and validating non-animal test methods. We challenge these companies to follow
Colgate's example and stop hiding and start working for an end to all tests on animals.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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