Recap expanding brands
Why the recap?
My previous Urban Decay post didn’t begin to cover all the turmoil that’s been going on the past couple of days!
If you want background information, check their statement here on Temptalia’s blog. They took it off of their website since it made so many people vomit.
What the problem again?
It’s that China insists that all products sold within their country are tested on animals first. Along with many others, Urban Decay will be selling their products there as well from now on. They have been removed from the PETA and Leaping Bunny lists.
Testing does not mean putting lipstick on animals. I won’t go all graphic, but after the tests it would be so inhumane to keep them alive, that they’re killed anyhow.
Rats, bunnies, even dogs. YES, the same dogs that are mentioned in their statement…..
The same “We don’t like animal testing (and neither do the 13 dogs in our office), but we are trying to change the world… even if it is one eye shadow at a time!” – dogs.
Other cruelty free brands that have been expanding there, include Estée Lauder, MAC, Avon, Eos and Nyx.
So all those companies are going for the Chinese market? What’s so horrible about UD then?
What’s so nausiating, is that Urban Decay founded their business ON their curelty free policy!
Look at their logo. The little paw that meant they cared for animals?
For Pete’s sake, they even refused to do the make up for fashion shows if there was any fur involved. And they donated to charity!
I’ve window shopped a lot on their website, and every product that didn’t contain any animal biproducts, had a little paw print saying it was vegan.
So even if you were completely vegan, they catered to you.
They publically stood up for animal rights every chance they got.
As you can read in their press statement, they’re expanding because they want to “change the world one eyshadow at a time” (so they say).
But all in all, I think there are better ways to make sure countries stop testing. Refusing to go over there, as Lush does, is one of them.
As I previously said, Lush released a statement recently, that they regret never being able go there for as long as they test.
I see, so UD’s policy took a 180° turn. That’s it?
Not really. In my Urban Decay post, I asked everyone to sign my petition to change Urban Decay’s mind.
But apparenly that was waaay past due.
To the dissapointment of many people, they already made it final without announcing it, or consulting their customers first. Which, needless to say, drove a lot of caring consumers up the wall.
They already FINALIZED the deal ages ago, the animals have already been tested on!! So many cruelty free activists actually bought products over the past couple of months, WHILE they were testing on animals!
So what now?
The fact that they claim to still be the same brand, wanting to change China? I have no idea what to think of that.
They may or may not be telling the truth..
There’s no real way to know their motives, unless a statement on that leaks.
UD did do the same thing here, change people’s opinion by selling cool products. It might work over there, you never know. But until I see results, i’m just not certain enough to keep buying it to be honest.
If you have any other questions, you can tune into their chat in two weeks to ask them. However there’s of course no guarantee they will be telling the truth. But i’ll be tuning in as well.
I hope the anger of the people will make other companies realise they SHOULD NOT try and undertake the same thing.
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Posted on June 11, 2012, in Being cruelty free, Box o' thought and tagged alternative, animal cruelty, animal testing, animals, avon, avon cosmetics, cosmetics, cruelty, cruelty free, eos, eos cosmetics, estee lauder, mac, make-up, nyx, testing, urban decay. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.