Refuse Animal Testing in China
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Urban Decay

Refuse Animal Testing in China

    1. Adina Chmiel
    2. Petition by

      Adina Chmiel

      Las Vegas, NV

Urban Decay has been against animal testing from their inception, but on June 6, 2012 Leaping Bunny has taken away their certification. Their plan is to enter the Chinese market where animal testing is done by the government, thus eliminating their original stance against animal testing.

As a vegan, Urban Decay has been one of the shining lights for the community as a high-quality cosmetics company that we could depend on, but not anymore. Urban Decay's statement they released about China is hypocritical: if they wanted to make change in the country, they would go there and DEMAND their products to not be tested on animals or they would refuse to sell them.

They are going to see a big change: loss in their American market if they allow this animal testing to go on. Please adopt a new stance and make sure your products are NEVER tested on animals, no matter what country you decide to sell to, and ALWAYS stick by this promise that your company was founded on, and we will keep supporting you. Adopt a permanent policy against animal testing and animal cruelty for good!

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    1. VICTORY!! URBAN DECAY WILL NOT EXPAND TO CHINA!!

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      "After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products - our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.

      Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue."

    2. Reached 7,000 signatures
    3. Urban Decay Continues to Market Products as Vegan

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      "What Urban Decay is forgetting is that a product is not vegan if it is tested on animals. It doesn’t matter if it contains no animal ingredients. If it has been tested on animals, these products are in no way vegan. For the majority of companies, and for I would guess 99.9% of consumers with a vegan lifestyle, a product being labelled as vegan requires a much stricter stance than the cruelty free label.

      It’s important to point out that the purple paw print logo used by Urban Decay is not a standard recognition of a product being vegan. It is, in fact, a logo that they have created for their own use. In the same way that organizations provide brands with logos to denote a researched cruelty free status, the same also exists for vegan products. There are two logos that are used to show that a product is certified vegan – the one issued by Vegan Action and the one issued by The Vegan Society. Both of these can be trusted to help you find vegan products."

    4. Telegraph.co.uk Mentions Change.Org Petition Against Urban Decay

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      "A petition has been launched online to lobby against Urban Decay's entry into the Chinese market. Superior, non-animal methods are available as an alternative to animal testing, what remains to been seen is whether Urban Decay can wait long enough for them to passed."

    5. Huffington Post Mentions Change.Org Petition Against Urban Decay

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      "But Urban Decay's efforts have not mollified groups like PETA, which published a response titled "Urban Decay's Decaying Principles" on its website. A Change.org petition expressing similar sentiments, "Urban Decay: Refuse Animal Testing in China," currently boasts 5,986 signatures.

      Alternative methods to animal testing are used elsewhere in the world and Urban Decay has stated that it "will give our all to help advocate alternative methods" in China. Yet until China incorporates these new methods into its testing regulations, companies like Urban Decay will have to decide: expand into China's lucrative beauty market or stick with their cruelty-free principles?"

    6. Urban Decay Gets Backlash Over Animal Testing

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      Urban Decay also issued a statement, which has since been removed from its website, further explaining the reasons why they thought they should make the move. They want to go there to help end animal testing and promote women’s rights by giving them jobs.

      "Do we like China’s policies? No…and that is really the point. Going into China was a huge decision for Urban Decay. But, we believe that change cannot and will not happen by outside pressure alone in a closed market. Change can only happen from within. When we enter the Chinese market, we will do our part to help make those changes."

      Instead of sticking to their values and fighting for animals with a ‘you can’t have our products until you change your policies’ stance, they’re going to go in and fight animal testing with products that have been tested on animals. It’s a long way from their original disclaimer, “We don’t do animal testing. How could anyone?”

    7. Reached 6,000 signatures
    8. Urban Decay Takes Down Press Statement - READ IT HERE!

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      Urban Decay has taken down their previous press statement about going into China, and have instead replaced it with this:

      "Urban Decay is planning to sell our products in China.

      If you have any questions, our customer service team is available to you: info@urbandecay.com

      For Urban Decay fans interested, founding partner Wende Zomnir will also host a live web chat in two weeks to answer your questions. Please click here to be notified of the date and time of the chat.

      Editors or advocacy groups interested in interviews may contact us at publicrelations@urbandecay.com"

      I urge all supporters to ask respectful questions for the web chat if they so please, and try to bring up this petition. They cannot ignore thousands of their outraged customers who depended on their ethics towards keeping their company cruelty-free.

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures
    10. Urban Decay moves into China

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      Urban Decay is the latest company to lose its ‘cruelty-free’ certified status after deciding to sell on the Chinese market. Last year L’Occitane, Yves Rocher, Caudalie and Mary Kay also had their certification withdrawn and are no longer licensed to carry the Leaping Bunny trademark.

      USA-based Urban Decay notified the Leaping Bunny scheme operatives at the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), that they have elected to sell their products in China despite animal testing requirements in that country. It is a condition of certification that companies do not export cosmetic products to sell on the Chinese market, unless they can show that they have been given exemption from the animal tests.

      Some companies claim to be unaware of these rules, however it is written in Chinese cosmetics regulations and therefore public knowledge.

    11. Tell Urban Decay: Stay Cruelty-Free, Don't Pay for Animal Tests!

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      PETA has started their own petition against Urban Decay. Check it out at the link! Here's what they had to say:

      "After years of trumpeting its slogan, "We don't test on animals. How could anyone?" Urban Decay, the darling of the hip and trendy cruelty-free set, has let down caring consumers everywhere by choosing profits over principle. The company has chosen to sell its cosmetics in China—a country that requires cosmetics companies to pay for many of their products to be tested on animals in Chinese laboratories before they can be marketed there.
      Urban Decay could delay its entry into China until the Chinese government accepts all non-animal methods for testing cosmetics. Instead, the company is putting profits over principle—and countless animals are likely to suffer in painful and deadly tests as a result.

      Please let Urban Decay know that you won't buy its products until the company is 100 percent cruelty-free once again."

    12. Urban Decay's Decaying Principles

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      After years of touting its "no animal testing" policy, Urban Decay has let down caring consumers everywhere. The company opted to start selling its products in China even though Chinese law requires that cosmetics companies pay for many of their products to be tested on animals in Chinese laboratories before they can be marketed in that country.

      For each test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal methods are available. Thanks to the work of these PETA-funded scientists, the Chinese government is now poised to accept its first-ever non-animal test for cosmetics ingredients.

      Urban Decay has long held a spot on PETA's list of cruelty-free companies and offers an extensive line of vegan makeup, but it has turned its back on animals. Urban Decay could delay its entry into China, but the company is putting profits over principles.

    13. Reached 1,500 signatures
    14. Urban Decay Expanding Into China: Their Response

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      "When we were considering expanding into China, a group of marketing consultants told us to remove the section of our company history that describes our crusade against animal testing. “It doesn’t mean anything to the Chinese beauty customer,” they said. Of course, we refused. Our “no animal testing” policy is part of who we are, and has been since day one. The news that animal issues don’t even register with the average Chinese consumer was one of the biggest factors in our decision to go there. During Urban Decay’s infancy, we worked hard to inform consumers about animal rights in the United States and Europe. The battleground for animal rights is now in China, and we want to be there to encourage dialogue and provoke change."

      The best way to "provoke change" would be to not test at all and REFUSE to sell their products in China and not be lenient in any way towards animal testing. Read their full statement with the link below.

    15. Leaping Bunny Program Removes Urban Decay

      Adina Chmiel
      Petition Organizer

      "We received the news from Urban Decay that they have chosen to sell their products in China, which, due to animal testing requirements in that country, will cause them to be in violation of the Leaping Bunny Standard. Therefore, we can no longer certify them as being cruelty-free."

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    • Jacqueline Lequigan FRESNO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm seriously disappointed in them. They should stick by what they had originally intended and what got them their leaping bunny certification in the first place. Such a cowardly move on their part.

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    • Marianne Gupta WEST LAFAYETTE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because animal testing is criminal and vile and because UD needs to change its plans regarding entering the Chinese market.

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    • Maya Gupta ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      One more UD customer out the door.

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      • over 2 years ago

      I am a vegan, & only make up from urban decay. But if they decide to go on with this animal testing.. I will gladly find another place to buy from!

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    • Jamie DeSimone ANNANDALE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I've been a loyal UD customer for years. YEARS! If you are going to make the decision to go into China then you need to stand your ground against animal testing. I understand wanting to influence culture but what about those of us that love you for who you already are?

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