July 30, 2012
Wayne's Blog: Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free
We’ve had a global setback on animal testing, and it’s critical we turn it around. A number of companies that were cruelty-free have suspended their policies in order to break into the lucrative cosmetics market in China, which is among a small handful of nations of the world that still require animal testing for cosmetics sold there.
Today actor, comedian, and HSUS/Humane Society International supporter Ricky Gervais spoke out against cosmetics companies that are sacrificing their principles in order to access the Chinese market. Yves Rocher, L’Occitane, Mary Kay and Caudalie have now been removed from the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny.org list of cruelty-free companies for their change in policy. To their great credit, Urban Decay and Paul Mitchell have maintained their policies and vowed not to sell products there until China flips its position.