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?