Urban Decay Is No Longer Going to Sell in China & Will Remain Cruelty Free

Urban Decay Is No Longer Going to Sell in China & Will Remain Cruelty Free

Last month, Urban Decay announced that it had decided to change their stance on animal testing in order to sell in China. Today, Urban Decay announced that they are no longer going to proceed with this change!! Urban Decay will not be selling their products in China and will remain cruelty free. Both Leaping Bunny and PETA have decided to endorse the brand again.

Urban Decay has updated their Animal Testing Policy to read :

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.

Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be 100% cruelty-free.

For all of my readers that are huge Urban Decay fans, I am so excited that they have decided to stick with their cruelty free ways! I do think that this really shows that you can change things if you are willing to speak up for what you believe in. If you follow Logical Harmony on Twitter or Like Logical Harmony on Facebook, you no doubt saw that I was tagging them in Facebook posts and tweeting at them about it. I know that I wasn’t the only one either, and it’s amazing to see the power that your voice really can have in these situations. You have it! Don’t be afraid to use it!

Despite these changes, I am undecided about if I am going to continue to promote Urban Decay on Logical Harmony. The main reason for this being that even after they announced that they were going to start testing on animals in order to sell in China, Urban Decay was still trying to market some of their products as vegan. The majority of those who live a vegan lifestyle would agree that a product that is tested on animals is not vegan. If they were willing to market products that had been tested on animals as vegan, how true are they to their original morals about animal testing? Was this decision based purely on the idea of losing money by selling in China? This sudden change of heart makes me question if I will be able to trust Urban Decay in the future.

All that being said, I am very glad that Urban Decay has decided to go back to their original stance on animal testing. I think that it’s wonderful to show that our voices do have power. Even if it is just our wallets that they are listening to.

What do you think about Urban Decay changing their mind about selling their products in China?

A big thank you to reader Ibby for letting me know about their updated stance earlier today! I really appreciate your tweet! You can also read another post about this on Phyrra – Breaking News! Urban Decay Decides NOT to Sell in China.

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  1. Wow! I’m so happy UD listened to the people. Unfortunately, back when they announced the Chima thing months ago, I literally threw out over $500USD of their products I had and went and bought all MAC makeup because I have sensitive skin and health issues, only to see a recent post on here about MAC not being good either. I am heartbroken and broke now. I guess I have to be au natural until I can afford another spree. Thank you got such informative work!!!

  2. I actually don’t care about urban decay as their product still have some ingredients that I don’t like,but I do care about any company that stated as cruelty free.I support those companies! Good job UD! And thanks for this post!I’ll refer to this blog some of my upcoming post later. Love your blog!:)

  3. I understand why you wouldn’t want them to sell in China… I agree, it is a good thing to select cruelty free brands.

    What I guess I am confused about is why do you review products– like Wet and Wild– that are made in China? What about the horrible working conditions of the people there and promoting the export of American jobs overseas? And that fact that China requires animal testing?

    Wouldn’t not buying or using cosmetics made in China send China a message about its working conditions and testing requirements?

    Just a disconnect that has been bugging me for a while…..

    1. Hi!

      I can completely understand where you are coming from. However, this blog focuses on being animal friendly and not human rights. While I do agree that those are things I don’t necessarily want to support, it’s not the focus of this blog. This blog is about providing people with information about cruelty free and vegan cosmetics and other beauty items.

      Also, please note that there is a difference between “Made in China” and “Sold in China”. Products that are simply made in China are not tested on animals. It’s only products that are sold there that are required to be tested on animals. Many truly cruelty free brands manufacture their products in China but don’t sell them there, so they are never tested on animals. I wrote a post about this a few weeks ago – http://logicalharmony.net/animal-testing-and-china/

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