You may be shocked to discover which big brands still test their products on our furry friends. We’ve rounded up a few of the most prominent with the help of PETA.
Animal testing: It’s a phrase everyone’s heard, but no one knows much about it. While the use of animals in “product experimentation” reportedly dates back to the second or fourth centuries B.C., it came into common practice in and around the 1600s. Since then, the treatment of animals by many large companies (including common cosmetic outlets) has come under fire. Some have changed their practices, while others have not. What is clear, at least according to PETA, is that many of the products we use every day are still tested on mice and rats to ensure their safety. Here’s a list of some of the most surprising companies that still use animal testing.
Owned by Johnson & Johnson, Acuvue still tests its contact lenses (and solutions) on our furry friends.
Multi-million-dollar beauty company Avon — with spokespeople like Lauren Conrad and Salma Hayek — still use animals to test its cosmetics.
Bumble and bumble
Bumble and bumble is known for its hair care products (many of which are loved by A-list celebrities).
The brand that cures chapped lips tests its products on animals. ChapStick is owned by Pfizer.
Do you think when Brad Pitt signed on to work with the company, he knew that Kiehl’s tests on animals? The line is owned by L’Oreal.
You might be able to attain wonderful, luscious locks after using a shampoo or conditioner from Pantene, but you could also be harming innocent furry creatures too.
Dove became popular in the early 2000s thanks to its Self-Esteem Fund and accompanying videos.
Several high-profile celebrities have been spokespeople for Estée Lauder, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Hurley.
Who would ever know that a company like Iams, which makes pet products, actually tests those products on animals?
Owned by Johnson & Johnson, Neutrogena is one of the world’s most popular skin care lines.
Really? Old Spice? Yes, even men’s products are tested on our furry friends.
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We know babies are precious, but we had no idea many of the products used to care for them — such as those produced by Pampers — are tested on animals.
Mega makeup company Revlon boasts spokespeople like Emma Stone, Olivia Wilde and Jessica Alba.
Cold medicine company Vicks is owned by Procter & Gamble.
Companies that don’t use animal testing
Most product packages will note that the company does not test on animals. Be a conscious consumer, and check packages or information online to ensure that the products you are buying are not tested on animals.
Now that you know which major companies test on animals, here’s a list of a few companies that don’t: