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Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States Issue Statement on Urban Decay Decision to Abandon China Sales

Humane Society International

  • Some cosmetics companies use rabbits, mice, guinea pigs and/or rats to test their products. iStopckphoto.com

Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are issuing the following statement in response to an announcement from cosmetics giant Urban Decay that it has cancelled plans to market its products in China, a country that requires animal testing for cosmetics:

“Urban Decay has made the right choice, having listened to the overwhelming outcry from its customers and taken the high road to fight animal testing by refusing to market in China” said Kate Willett, HSUS director of regulatory toxicology, risk assessment and alternatives. “This decision will give strength to consumers and other companies to fight animal testing of cosmetics worldwide.”


  • June 6, 2012: Urban Decay initially informed customers of its decision to sell in China, a country that requires animal testing for cosmetics, via its website and social media, including the following post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbandecaycosmetics/posts/252445838188526
  • July 6, 2012: Urban Decay announced their decision not to market in China: Animal Testing Policy (revised July 6, 2012): http://www.urbandecay.com/Animal-Testing-Policy/animal-testing-policy,default,pg.html.
  • April 23, 2012: HSI and The HSUS launched the global campaign Be Cruelty-Free to bring an end to regulatory animal testing requirements for cosmetics where they exist, and to work with companies and national governments to end cosmetics animal testing, and the sale of products so tested, once and for all. For more information, visit hsi.org/becrueltyfree.
  • Since its founding in 1996, Urban Decay has been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry by not testing its finished products on animals or allowing others to test on their behalf.

Media Contacts:

North America: Niki Ianni, 240-753-4874, nianni@humanesociety.org

Europe: Wendy Higgins, +44 (0) 7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org


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