Note: I’m a little disturbed by the fact that they were in China without telling anyone, but happy that they have pulled out nonetheless. – Jen
Top Skincare Company Stops Selling in Lucrative Market Rather Than Paying for Tests That Poison Animals
Boulder, Colo. — Following extensive discussions with PETA about the Chinese government’s animal testing laws for cosmetics—which include requirements that cosmetics companies have their products dripped into rabbits’ eyes and force-fed to mice in archaic product tests—Boulder-based all-natural skincare company Pangea Organics has announced that it will pull out of the Chinese market and stop selling its products there rather than hurting even one animal.
For this bold move, PETA is presenting the company with its Courage in Commerce Award.
“When Pangea Organics joined PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies in 2006, it made a promise to its customers that it would never harm an animal—and by pulling out of the Chinese market, it is keeping that promise,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Pangea Organics’ brave decision illustrates how truly ethical companies will forgo profits rather than paying for animal testing anywhere in the world.”
While Pangea Organics joins a growing list of retailers—including NYX, Urban Decay, and Paul Mitchell—that have refused to sell their products in China if it means paying for animal tests, not all companies are as compassionate: Mary Kay, Avon, and Estée Lauder, which were on PETA’s list of companies that don’t test on animals for decades, began paying for poisoning tests on animals in order to market their products in China. Compassionate consumers can choose cruelty-free products and shop from the more than 1,300 cruelty-free companies listed in PETA’s brand-new global cruelty-free shopping guide and on PETA’s list of companies that don’t test on animals.
Scientists funded in part by PETA are currently working with the Chinese government to accept non-animal tests for cosmetics ingredients.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.