Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Urban Decay, no longer cruelty free?


There has been some breaking news in the beauty world today as Urban Decay a well known makeup company against animal testing in the cosmetic industry has announced plans to start selling their products in China. This is big news because by law China reserves the right to test cosmetic products on animals before allowing them for purchase by the Chinese public.

Urban Decay has issued a full statement on this topic on their website and it can be found at this link.

A big question on everyone's lips right now is will Urban Decay lose their Vegan, Leaping Bunny, and PETA Cruelty Free Symbols?


The Vegan Marley Approved Paw Print is a symbol Urban Decay implemented to let their customers know which of their products had only vegan ingredients. No word as of yet whether this icon will be sticking around. I can only assume that it would because those ingredients will still be considered vegan.


The answer for the Leaping Bunny is a firm Yes, they will loose their certification according to a statement that they released on their website.

"The Leaping Bunny Program, administered by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), regrets to inform compassionate consumers who look for the Leaping Bunny Logo that Urban Decay is no longer certified as cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny Program."  - Leaping Bunny

As for PETA they have yet to release a statement and Urban Decay is still listed on their site as a cruelty free company.


So what does this all mean for Urban Decay? As a company they themselves do no test their finished products on animals, however they have given China the okay to do so in order to sell their products to the over 1.3 billion consumers within the country. China has yet to tell them if they have begun doing this with their products.

Urban Decay says in their statement that:
"The battleground for animal rights is now in China, and we want to be there to encourage dialogue and provoke change. We also hope to shed some light on women’s rights issues in China. As a company that caters to a female customer, this is extremely important to us."
Many loyal Urban Decay customers feel they are no longer a cruelty free company because of their advance into China and have started a petition asking Urban Decay to Refuse Animal Testing in China.

In two weeks Urban Decay founding partner Wende Zomnir will host a live chat to answer questions about the company's expansion into China. If you visit their statement and scroll to the bottom you can sign up to be notified about this.

You can read an UPDATE on this situation here.


How do you feel about Urban Decay selling their products in China?
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36 comments

  1. I will nolonger buy from their company.

    Im very sad!

    What I posted on their Facebook page.

    "I have been a loyal fan of Urban Decay for almost 5 years now. I loved your products for the quality of the product and the fact that the company stood for the rights of animals. And didn't test nor used animal bi-products in their ingredients. Now that you will be letting China test your product on animals I will nolonger be purchasing from you in the future once I run out of what I have already bought. This is very sad because I loved your company, Until I heard this VERY sad news!"

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    1. I don't blame you make sure you sing the petition every signature helps!

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  2. They also have Parabens, I've tossed all of mine :(

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    1. I'm going to use what I have but I will avoid them until this gets sorted out for sure.

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  3. I dont beleive all the marlarky Urban Decay is posting. It all comes down to money. At the end of the day its business, which i do understand buat at the same time as a company you have to weigh the pros & cons. They know they have a market in China (of course they would) they ovi feel that the going along with the law in China is worth it & losing millions of consumers here is worth it too because of the potential profit they will be making. I just dont see how the heck they as a company will help provoke change there. Your basically saying "its okay, as long as we make money" Just saying. Thanks for this! Sorry i Rambled.

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    1. Nor do I it is definitely a financially motivated move imo.

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  4. on one hand, i guess they are doing way more than a lot of companies do. but on the other, this is a big step backwards for them (socially, not financially). it's really too bad. hopefully they can make a difference in china.

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    1. Agreed I think there are better way to go about doing this.

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  5. What money can do....how sad. Just because they gonna raise so many more billion, let's mistreat the animals! grrrr

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    1. It really is a sad situation esp after all the years they have been against testing it was what made them one of the most popular and admirable companies around I think.

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  6. I hope they don't loose those attributes. Urban Decay manufactures a stellar product

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    1. It looks like they will be with The leaping bunny and Peta already pulling out.

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  7. This is a tough topic. UD is damned if they do and damned if they don't. China mainland IS the commercial center of the world, and if you don't go in there to try to get your market up and running you are losing out on a lot of business. At he same time, the practices of selling and verifying products in foreign countries is different in the US. Personally, I'll still buy urban decay, the product I use, eye potion has been on the market for so long, never animal tested so it doesn't matter to me.

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    1. I agree it's a very touchy subject. I'm really on the fence about it myself as not all my makeup is cruelty free but this is a step in the wrong direction for them I think.

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  9. This makes me really sad! I love Urban Decay products and the main reason I started using them in the first place was that they were cruelty free. This is definitely a huge step backwards for them and they will lose a lot of customers this way.

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  10. I am so pissed! I am posting about it soon.

    They still wan to keep the cruelty free logos!

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    1. I'm not sure if they wanted to keep them but they have all been pulled from their website as of today at least.

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  11. Hmmmm, so undecided with this one. I agree with Bravoe Runway's comment above. Damned if they do and damned if they don't. Unfortunately, money makes the world go round. I love Urban Decay and most likely will still use their products. This was a great post. Thanks for sharing.
    xo,
    Shanna

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    1. Yes for sure like I said I'm on the fence as well.

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  12. Unfortunately this move is probably due to their bottom line but it's a shame from an ethics perspective. I don't really use anything by UD except for the eye primer and I'm not exactly married to it.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Oh yeah it's financially for sure I just wish they would own up to that motive instead of saying they are going there to create change.

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    1. It indeed is. Thank I'll head over to yours :)

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  14. Well I guess they will gain consumers in China, but lose a lot of consumers here in the states. That is sad news, and though I've never bought an Urban Decay product, I don't think I ever will after this. :(

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    1. Yeah my fear is that they will continue because they know that the profits in china will make up for whatever consumer base they loose.

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  15. Hey, I'm a new follower! Found you thru the BLT blog hop! This is so sad. I'm not sure what's wrong with China not condemning that kind of act but I hope they lose their certification because they don't deserve it. Pets are like humans too. :(

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    ochibernadas.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree completely it's so sad. Thanks I'll head over to yours too :)

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  16. One of my favorite eye shadows is Urban Decay!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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    1. I have a lot of their products too I hope they reconsider this move.

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