By Sheila Arkee
Okay, ladies & gents, it’s time to dish at our weekly open post. Pour the coffee, pull out the tiramisu, we’ll be here for awhile.
Earlier this week Urban Decay Cosmetics announced that they would start selling their products in China, effectively ending their cruelty free distinction.
In a nutshell, they are no longer cruelty free because China requires animal testing on beauty products. You can read about this in detail over at My Beauty Bunny, which has a great summary of this change.
While Urban Decay says they’re making this change to a) make money (can’t blame them for being honest) and b) to hopefully make a stand against China’s policies, the response from the beauty community hasn’t been so positive. This isn’t the first time in recent months that a cosmetics company has gone non-cruelty free – MAC did so recently, as well.
I’m interested in finding out what you guys think of these changes – will you still continue to buy products from companies that give up their cruelty free distinction?
Adding in my thoughts – It’s important for me to mention that this isn’t an exclusively cruelty free blog. Urban Decay has made a decision to expand their business following a decision that many other companies have and will make. Personally I find it hypocritical for company that’s built their brand and consumer expectations on a cruelty free platform to willingly give it up. Like mentioned in the comments, why not take a stand against China’s policies by standing up to what you’ve built your business around?