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Guinea Pig - animal tested cosmetics for ChinaChina demands animal tested cosmetics

Uncaged's revelations about Avon's secretive animal testing have exposed a steady stream of previously ethical companies moving back to animal testing.

Mary Kay, Yves Rocher, L'Occitane, Caudalie and Urban Decay are no longer recommended as cruelty-free. Other companies may follow.

Why?

China is a rapidly developing 'emerging market' and a very lucrative one given it is the most populated country in the world. Unfortunately China demands that cosmetics are tested on animals and currently does not accept the results of modern non-animal tests.

Urban Decay is the latest company to turn its back on ethics in pursuit of profits. However reading company statements on the issue you would imagine they are ringing their hands in despair and that they have no choice but go along with it. This is not true. In order to retain their ethical stance on animal testing all they have to do is decide not to sell in China or other countries which demand animal testing. It really is that simple.

The search for genuinely ethical cosmetics has always been problematic with many companies using misleading statements to confuse consumers about their animal testing. Even after 20 years of working in the field sometimes even we struggle to see through these cleverly worded statements.

For a guide on what to look out for please see: http://www.uncaged.co.uk/animaltesting.htm.

Uncaged Campaigns 07.06.12

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