Cosmetics and household products that are tested on animals include mascara, lipstick, shampoo, cleaning spray, hair spray, diaper, chocolate bars & candies, pet food, lotions, toothpaste, contact lenses, razors and so much more. If you look at the companies that test on animals, you will see that they are major brands that we use every day.
In US, animal testing is not required for cosmetics and household products by law. Therefore, companies have a choice not to test on animals. Europe has banned testing on animals for cosmetic products and ingredients since 2013 although there are some limitations on the ban. On the other hand, China requires animal testings for products that are imported into their country. China is fast-growing, lucrative market so many companies export their products to China. Many companies do not want to miss out on big profit. However, for these companies, they have to test on animals under Chinese law. This means these companies may not do any test on animals in US but they are still required to test on animals in China for their products. They had a choice to make an ethical decision not to sell their products in China but these companies chose profits over animals’ sufferings. Some of these companies may call themselves cruelty-free but they are not actually cruelty-free. They still test on animals by exporting their products to China and pay for their animal testings. They contribute to so many cruel animal testings that are conducted in China.
Now, let’s look at these companies that test on animals. There are many more brands and companies that test on animals other than companies I listed below. (such as Avon, Maybelline, Mary Kay, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora house brand and many more.) You can access a full list of companies that test on animals at PETA’s Website. We can stop buying from these companies and make our voice heard to end animal cruelty.
Companies That Test On Animals
All of the companies listed below are globally recognized companies that own a lot of brands. We see these brands everywhere around us. All of them test on animals and contribute to animals’ suffering.
Procter & Gamble – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Procter & Gamble Owns
Dawn (dish soap), Ivory (dish soap), Head & Shoulder (shampoo), Herbal Essences (shampoo), Always (pad), Tampax Tampons (tampons), Crest (toothpaste), Scope (mouth wash), Vicks (cough and cold products), Bounce (fabric-softner), Cascade (dishwasher detergent), Mr. Clean (household cleaners), Tide (detergent), Swiffer (cleaning products), Ivory (bar soap), Secret (antiperspirants and deodorants), Pampers (diaper) and so many more brands.
Procter & Gamble Animal Testing Policy
“…At P&G, we believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do.
We do not test our products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law. We are working hard to make it obsolete…”
What Procter & Gamble’s Animal Testing Policy Means
Procter & Gamble says they only do animal testing when required by law. China requires animal testing on imported products by law. Therefore, Procter & Gamble pay for animal testings for their product since they sell to China. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
Johnson & Johnson – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Johnson & Johnson Owns
Aveeno (skin and hair care), Band-Aid (adhesive band-aid), Coach (leather goods), Imodium (diarrhea medicine), Johnson’s Baby (baby care products), Listerine (mouth wash), Lubriderm (skin care), Motrin (aspirin), Neutrogena (personal care), Nicoderm (nicotine patch), Nicorette (nicotine gum), Roc (skin care), Rogaine (hair regroww treatent), Rolaids (medicine), Splenda (sweetener), Tylenol Baby (medicine), Tylenol Children (medicine), Visine (eye drop) and so many more.
Johnson & Johnson Animal Testing Policy
“… Johnson & Johnson operating companies have policies and guidelines in place that drive the ethical and humane treatment of the animals we use, and that promote the use of non-animal alternatives whenever feasible…. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies does not test cosmetic or personal care products on animals anywhere in the world except in the rare situation where it is required by law or governments.
What Johnson & Johnson’s Animal Testing Policy Means
In Johnson & Johnson’s policy, they say ‘ … drive the ethical and humane treatment of the animals we use, and that promote the use of non-animal alternatives whenever feasible…” means there are animal testing practices going on in their company. The word ‘promote’ doesn’t mean they ban animal testing. Also, for their cosmetics and personal care products, they state they don’t do any animal testing unless it is ‘required by law or governments.’ They sell their products to China and pay for their animal testings. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
Unilever – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Unilever Owns
Lipton (tea), Knorr (food), Dove (soap & skin care), Vaseline (moisturizer), Sunlight (dish soap), Zest (bar soap), Slimfast (drink), Ragu (food), Suave, I can’t believe it’s not butter (food), Lever 2000 (soap), Noxzema (skin care), Q-tips (cotton swabs), Seventh Generation (home and personal care products), Surf (laundry detergent) and so many more.
Unilever’s Animal Testing Policy
“….. Occasionally, when there are no suitable non-animal approaches available, some of the ingredients we use have to be tested; and some governments test our products on animals as part of their regulatory requirements….”
What Unilever’s Animal Testing Policy Means
Unilever sell their products to China and have to do animal testings. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
Colgate-Palmolive – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Colgate-Palmolive Owns
Colgate (toothpaste), Dynamo (detergent), Fresh Start (detergent), Irish spring (bar soap), Palmolive (dish soap), Tender Care Diapers, Tom’s of Maine (personal care products), Speed stick (deodorant). Kleenex (tissue), Lady Speed Stick (deodorant), Murphy’s Oil (cleaning product) and many many more.
Colgate-Palmolive Animal Testing Policy
“….. Animal testing is only conducted where specifically required by regulatory agencies or where alternative testing methods are unavailable to ensure the safety of our products…..Colgate does not, and will not in the future, use either the standard Draize eye irritation test or the Classic LD 50 test, except in those instances where explicitly required by a regulatory authority….. Very often some promising new ingredients and materials that offer important health or other benefits are identified which have not been evaluated to determine their safety or efficacy. While some nonanimal testing methods have proven successful in predicting safety, they are still not completely sufficient to assure all aspects of product safety and thus replace all testing on living organisms.”
What Colgate-Palmolive’s Animal Testing Policy Means
Colgate-Palmolive also sells their products to a country like China and pay for animal testings. In their animal testing policy, they state they don’t do animal testing unless it is required by law. They also mention that they do animal testing if alternative method is not completely sufficient. They are admitting animal testings for their new ingredients and materials in their policy.
Clorox – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Clorox Owns
Burt’s Bees (natural cosmetics and personal care products), Glad (storage and trash bags), pine-sol (cleaning products), Fresh Step, Scoop Away and Ever Clean (cat litters), Green works (natural cleaners), Liquid-Plumr (drain cleaner) and many more (Burt’s Bees doesn’t test on animals but they are owned by Clorox who pays for animal testing.)
Clorox Animal Testing Policy
“We do not conduct or ask third parties to conduct any animal testing on products, raw materials or components of finished products unless required by law.”
What Clorox’s Animal Testing Policy Means
Clorox is also not a cruelty-free company. They mention they do not test on animals unless required by law in their animal testing policy. They sell to China and pay for animal testings. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
L’Oréal – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands L’Oreal Owns
L’Oréal USA, L’Oréal Technique, L’Oréal Professional, Lancôme, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Kiehl’s, Biotherm, Ralph Lauren, The Body Shop, Drakkar Noir, L’Oréal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline, NYX Cosmetics, Diesel (clothing) and so many more (all are cosmetics, shampoos and perfume except Diesel)
L’Oreal Animal Testing Policy
“…Today, L’Oréal no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule. Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China…”
What L’Oréal’s Animal Testing Policy Means
L’Oréal sell their products in China and pay for their animal testings. Therefore, L’Oréal is not cruelty-free. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
Estée Lauder – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Estée Lauder Owns
Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Estée Lauder, MAC Cosmetics, Origins, Prescriptives, Tom Ford Beauty, DKNY Fragrances, Donna Karan Cosmetics, Michael Kors Beauty, Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries, Tom Ford Beauty, Tory Burch Beauty, Aveda and many more (all are cosmetics or perfume)
Estee Lauder Animal Testing Policy
“The Estée Lauder Companies does not test on animals and we never ask others to do so on our behalf. If a regulatory body demands it for its safety or regulatory assessment, an exception can be made….”
What Estée Lauder’s Animal Testing Policy Means
Estée Lauder also does their business in China and pay for their animal testing. Their policy says they will do animal testing if it is required by law. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
Coty – Companies That Test On Animals
Brands Coty Owns
Manhattan (color cosmetics), NYC Color (color cosmetics), Adidas (sports wear), Beyonce (perfume), Calvin Klein (perfume), Chloé (perfume), Davidoff(perfume), Guess (perfume), Halle Berry (perfume), Jennifer Lopez (perfume), Kate Perry (perfume), Marc Jacobs Fragrances, Nautica (perfume), Playboy (perfume), Vera Wang (perfume) and many more
Coty Animal Testing Policy
“….We do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals except where required by law…”
What Coty’s Animal Testing Policy Means
Coty products are sold in China and they pay for their animal testings. In their animal testing policy, they state they do animal testing if required by law. They are also listed on PETA’s website as a company that tests on animals.
If you want to know why animal testing is unnecessary and inaccurate, please see my previous post ‘Animal Testing in Cosmetics and Household Products – Don’t Buy Animal Cruelty!‘
If you want to know how animals are tested in cosmetic and household products, please see my previous post ‘Types Of Animal Testing In Cosmetics and Household Products‘.
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