Quick Guide To Cruelty Free Shopping
When it comes to animal testing, it is difficult to remember the numerous products that are tested on animals. It is easier to remember whether the comoanies that on the brands fund animal testing or not. There are just a few major companies who own most of the well known brands available, and the money from all the products they own goes to them, and funds their animal testing practices. You can find out who owns a product by checking the small print on the back of the products.
COMPANIES WHO DO FUND ANIMAL TESTING, (AND DID BEFORE THE EU BAN):
Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser, L’Oreal, PZ Cussons, GlaxoSmithkline, Church & Dwight.
Check in the small print on the back of the product to find whether any of these companies own it. If they do, some of the money you pay for the product will be used to fund animal testing and research.
You will find that the products owned by companies tested on animals are often the most well known products, because these companies spend a fortune advertising them. They basically then charge the consumer for the cost of this advertising. That is the main reason these well known products cost so much more than own brands or unknown brands. The companies would have you believe that the higher cost is because their product is better, but many shops produce their own brand version of the products that have been proven to do the job just as well, and charge a lot less money.
SHOP OWN-BRANDS THAT DO NOT FUND ANIMAL TESTING, (AND CHOSE NOT TO BEFORE THE EU BAN):
Co-op, Superdrug, M&S, Aldi, Nisa, Next, Argos, Sainsburys(toiletries only), Somerfield (toiletries only), Waitrose (toiletries only),Tesco (although in Asian countries Tesco do sell live animals to be boiled alive by consumers).
Morrisons has recently clarified that it does not fund animal testing for any of its products, so their own brand cosmetic and personal care (toiletry) products are cruety free.
JUST SOME OF THE BRANDS THAT DO NOT FUND TESTING ON ANIMALS, ( AND CHOSE NOT TO BEFORE THE EU BAN):
Lush, Original Source, Astonish, Urban Decay, Liz Earle, Faith In Nature, Dentyl, Nina Ricci, Paul Mitchell Systems, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Prada.
COMPANIES CAN CLAIM TO BE CRUELTY FREE “EXCEPT WHEN REQUIRED BY LAW”
Some countries, like China, require all cosmetic and personal care products to be tested on animals before they can be sold in the country. Companies that are truly cruelty free refuse to sell in countries where animal testing is required by law. Companies who put profit before animals, choose to sell their products in those countries, despite the cruelty it will cause animals.
When companies say they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, or fund animal testing, except when the law requires it – or a statement to that effect – it means that they have chosen to sell their products in a country like China, even though it will cause animal suffering. These are not cruelty free companies.
See here for more advice on being able to tell which companies are cruelty free and what their policy statements really mean.
Below: Cruelty free shopping flyer for UK. If you do not want your money to go to funding cruel animal experimentation, check in the small print on the backs of products to make sure the brands are not owned by the following animal testing companies. They are still allowed to sell products tested on animals anywhere outside of Europe and continue to do so, despite being forced not to in Europe. You can go to their websites to see the full list of brands owned by them:
Proctor & Gamble: www.pg.com
Reckitt Benckiser: www.rb.com
PZ Cussons: www.pzcussons.com