There are plenty of companies that claim they do not test on animals. Their policies often state that they do not test on animals, and neither do their suppliers. It leads the customer to believe that they are a cruelty free company.
However, when a company sells products in stores in China, they have to pay for the product to be tested on animals. This means that they allow animal testing instead of sticking to selling their products to Chinese consumers online, which does not require animal testing. These are some of the brands that are not considered cruelty free because they allow their products to be sold in mainland China:
- Rimmel London
- Sephora’s brand, Sephora
- Estee Lauder
- Bobbi Brown
- Mary Kay
While most of these companies have statements claiming that they do not test on animals, or that they make animal welfare a top priority, they also include a clause that they do allow testing when required by law. This is how they can appeal to people that care about testing on animals while still allowing China to test their products on animals.
Some brands have stated that they are not going to pull their products from China. They claim that shoppers and consumers want that brand, and it’s not fair to them. However, many brands also state that they continue to encourage China to use modern testing methods that do not involve testing on animals, so maybe there will be change someday. In the meantime, consider whether you still want to support these brands.
Whether you choose to buy them is your personal choice. Personally, I had no idea that MAC sold products in mainland China until today. I knew that they did not test on animals, though. I am going to finish up the strobe cream that I have. Then, I’m going to carefully consider whether I want to buy another one or find a MAC strobe cream dupe. (I’ll probably find a dupe.) That’s my opinion though. You need to do what is best for you. Some products I’ll keep buying and hope for change. Others, I might not.