This is a bit of a controversial topic in the cruelty-free community. ๐Ÿฐ Throughout the years, many cruelty-free brands have been acquired and bought by parent corporations that are NOT cruelty-free.
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๐‘’๐“๐’ถ๐“‚๐“…๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ:
โ˜ž Urban Decay acquired by L'Oreal in 2012
โ˜ž NYX acquired by L'Oreal in 2014
โ˜ž Hourglass acquired by Unilever in 2017
And in 2019:
โ˜ž TATCHA was acquired by Unilever
โ˜ž Drunk Elephant was acquired by Shiseido
โ˜ž Coty buys majority stake in Kylie Cosmetics
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As a result, these initially 'cruelty-free' brands' animal testing policies have been called into question on whether they will remain committed to never testing on animals or they will conform and adopt their parent company's animal testing policies and start testing on animals ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‡
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๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Some ethical consumers have chosen to ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฉ these cruelty-free brands that are owned by a parent company that tests on animals because they feel that their purchases may be indirectly funding and supporting the animal tests conducted or issued by the parent corporation.
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๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ On the flip side, some cruelty-free shoppers choose to continue to ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ and purchase from these brands as they believe this will send a message to the parent corporations that being a cruelty-free brand matters to consumers and that it can also be a sustainable and profitable business decision and hopefully, this will influence the parent companies to go cruelty-free too! โœจ
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Whether you decide to boycott or support these cruelty-free brands that are owned by a non-cruelty-free parent corporation is up to you! ๐Ÿ’• There is no "right" or "wrong" way to go cruelty-free. You do you! .
Here's a summary of some of the most popular cruelty-free brands that are owned by a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free. Please note: this is not a complete list.

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Shop Cruelty-free this Black Friday and every other day of the year! ๐Ÿฐ Want to know some of the best CF Black Friday Sales?๐Ÿ’ฐ I got a list up on the blog, link in bio โคด๏ธ
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Why Be Cruelty-Free?

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C.A.R.E

Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in labs every year. Thatโ€™s about 50 animals killed by the time you finish reading this sentence. And most of us will continue on with our day not realizing that we, as consumers, have the power and ability to help end these atrocities ย by simply choosing cruelty-free options.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly About Animal Testing

ANIMAL TESTING IS OUTDATED

It is true that in the past, without the use of animals to test ingredients, we wouldnโ€™t have known the safety or human reaction to them but with modern technology, there are a number of cheaper, faster, and more reliable testing methods that donโ€™t include the use of any animals.

More than 40 non-animal tests have already been validated for use, including cell and tissue cultures such as EpiDerm to test skin irritation; EpiSkin which is a three-dimensional human skin model comprised of reconstructed epidermis; synthetic membranes to test chemical mixtures on skin; and sophisticated computer models that can predict the absorption and distribution of chemicals within the body.

According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests are only 5%-25% accurate, whereas some non-animal alternatives are 80%-85% accurate.

In addition, more than 500 Canadian companies have agreed to not use animals to test new ingredients and instead, choosing from a list of 5,000 ingredients that are โ€œgenerally recognized as safeโ€ by the Canadian government.

ANIMAL TESTING IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW

Although the law requires that animals be used for medical testing in Canada, animals are not required for cosmetic testing.ย Companies must demonstrate that their products are safe to use however testing on animals isnโ€™t required by law as proof for consumer safety.

In Canada: The Food and Drugs Act of Canada, the Cosmetic Regulations, and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations; all do not specify requirements for animal testing for cosmetic purposes.

In the United States: What about the products we get south of the border? Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission require animal testing for cosmetics.

ANIMAL TESTING IS CRUEL

Most of us would like to believe that animals used in labs are given pain relief or anesthesia while they have caustic chemicals applied to their sensitive skin and eyes, and then theyโ€™re released in the wild or given to sanctuaries after the experiments; but unfortunately none of this is true.

One of the most common procedures to test product safety onย animals is the Draize eye test where chemicals are dripped into one eye of a rabbit, while the other eye is left as a control. The rabbit is restrained, preventing it from responding naturally to the irritation. Redness, bleeding, ulcers, and blindness often occur.

Other cosmetic tests commonly performed on mice, rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs include:

  • Skin irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed on their sensitive shaved skin without any pain relief
  • Repeated force-feeding studies that last weeks or months, to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards
  • Swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine what dose causes death

At least 72 animals are used to test each product and animals are commonly killed after the tests, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.

THE GOOD NEWSย 

In March 2013, the European Union took the landmark step of banning all cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world, that means the sale of cosmetic products or ingredients subject to new animal testing after March 11th, 2013 is illegal throughout the 27 member countries of the E.U.

Israel imposed similar bans in 2007 and 2013. Similar policy change is also under considering in India and South Korea.

Itโ€™s time for Canada to join the movement!ย 

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