To give you an idea of how prevalent animal testing is in household and cosmetic products, we have provided a short list below of familiar household brands that test their products on animals — so you can spot and avoid them. You can even download a free iPhone/iPad/Android app so that you can easily access the list of products such as make-up, skin care, deodorants, household cleaners and car care that haven't been tested on animals!
Millions of rabbits, dogs, cats, mice and other animals are burned, poisoned and killed in painful and unnecessary tests each year for the sake of cosmetics and toiletries. Finished products (and/or their individual ingredients) are frequently tested on animals overseas before making their way to Australia.
Some tests are standard practice for such companies and brands, and other animal tests are carried out because of local laws in importing countries (such as China) that require all beauty products to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold in that country. So some companies and brands may state that they don't support animal testing, but they would not be on the cruelty-free list because they choose to sell their products in countries that require animal testing.
The list below shows companies that use animal testing as well as particular brands that are tested on animals for any or all of the reasons we mention above:
Cosmetics & personal care
Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
*This brand has a 'no animal testing' policy in the make and manufacture of their cosmetics, however they have chosen to sell in markets that require (by law) animal testing on their products before they are cleared to sell in those markets. This means that their end products are tested on animals in some markets (for example, China).
Choosing non-tested products is easy. You can find a list of companies that do not test on animals on the Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) website. (If a brand does not appear in the CCF cruelty-free list, then there is reason to believe that their products or ingredients may have been tested on animals, or they may not have qualified for the CCF accreditation because they use animals in some other form in their products. All of this is explained for you on the CCF website.)
You can help spare animals from cruel tests!
- If after reading this you have struck a cruel company off your shopping list, please contact their customer feedback to let them know why.
- Pledge to use non-animal tested products
- In a big step forward for animals, the European Union banned the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals from March 2013. It's time for Australia to hop to it! Take action!
- Urge major companies including Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Colgate/Palmolive to stop allowing unnecessary and cruel animal tests. Take action!
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