newsflash: bollocks and double-bollocks

UPDATED 2012-06-11: see comment re. Hard Candy to be dissociated from this matter.

Hard Candy and Urban Decay: cruelty-free from the start, a start that was a long time ago. At the vanguard of the modern movement in cruelty-free mainstream hip etc. cosmetics; amongts the “daughters” to the “grandmother” generation, The Body Shop & Beauty Without Cruelty.

Have decided to expand to China.

Score: filthy lucre, greed, vice vs. principles, ethics, virtue = 2-0.

Are now off the PETA “do not test” list and the CCIC Leaping Bunny cruelty-free shopping guide. Here are the current versions of their lists (updated 2012-06-07) and press releases:

PETA:

Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Programme:

Thanks to MUA’s jenlb76 for the sad news.

Will be updating main cruelty-free-list posts on here accordingly, = the mascara one and the 2012 Green-ish List one.

Boo hiss.

SEE ALSO, elsewhere here in “Praise of Folly”:

February 2012: Estee Lauder, Avon, & Mary Kay no longer cruelty-free (2012-02-17):

March 2012: work on cruelty-free listing (plus the giant mascara post):

April 2012: more companies bite the ethical dust:

+ assorted other posts on cruelty-free-ness

6 comments

    • gingerama

      Totally. The more people shake angry fists, the better.

      Much as I hate going into Sephora for anything (not the shop, just the hordes of mooing prepubescent girls with more disposable income for makeup than anyone else on the planet + the ignorant annoying staff), I’ll be making a point of going in there again, actively engaging the staff in conversation, asking them about cruelty-free products, and making sure they know which of their brands AREN’T cruelty-free.

      Last time I was in I felt like a coward: I saw a SA talking someone into Clinique, including a spiel about Clinique’s past history and attributes. In itself weird: you’d have to have been living under a rock for the last half-century to be blissfully unaware. Maybe it was a nun. Or someone who’d been kidnapped and imprisoned all their life. Or fresh out of jail or hospital. Or just much more polite and patient than me. But anyhoo: the spiel included being cruelty-free. Somewhere near the end, something between a “by the way” parenthesis and a footnote.

      So everyone: go forth to Sephora (and other such places), talk to the sales assistants befoe they approach you, and make sure they know which of their brands are cruelty-free and which aren’t. Not by hectoring them; be gentle, using more questions (inc. rhetorical ones, loaded ones, and other forms that provide their own answers) than statements; Socratic method over Hector any day.

  1. Marilisa

    Hi,

    As soon as I got the news about UD expanding to China from your blog I started alerting other fellow cruelty – free concerned bloggers and their readers linking your blog posts to my comments.

    Now, the blog littlemissmetamorph.blogspot.it/2011/04/no-to-animal-testing-and-lies-big.html has investigated further the info provided on your blog and actually realized that HARD CANDY is STILL cruelty-free, they have never amended their animal testing policy and cruelty-free status.

    Also, Hard Candy state, on their Facebook page, that they ARE NOT OWNED by UD and are going to immediately contact and ask The Leaping Bunny to rectify their CRUELTY-FREE status and retract their harmful and damaging statement about the company.

    Please read and check this info out you as well.

    • gingerama

      amended!

      I’ve updated the post; will re-insert/re-instate HC in the two other main relevant posts here (the cruelty-free mascara one and the 2012 green-ish list one), and will add a new post re. HC. They’re clear as daylight on status!

      P.S.: info on here, as I hoped was clear and as stated at the time, was as provided by and came from Leaping Bunny and PETA. And the Urban Decay info from them. In each case, linked to original source. I always do this. If it’s rumour, hearsay, word of mouth, I’ll say so. Ditto my own comments, views, opinions, value-judgements, critical argumentative judgements, etc. And maintaining such clear distinctions. Just to keep that clear too…

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