Urban Decay Decides to NOT Sell in China

A few weeks ago I posted about Urban Decay deciding to sell in China. Hundreds of fans took to Twitter, Facebook and blogs to lash out at them for turning their backs on animals. It was brutal. The Chinese government stipulates that animal testing on either ingredients or a finished product must take place before it will be sold in the country. Faithful UB fans were angered at the thought of a company that has always stood against any animal testing was now doing an about face and buckling for the almighty dollar.

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) who run the Leaping Bunny Program in North America and Canada has re-certified Urban Decay as a cruelty-free company. In order to become certified, companies have to meet rigorous criteria; one of the specific conditions is that companies do not export cosmetic products to sell on the Chinese market, unless they can show that they have been given exemption from animal testing. Urban Decay has even earned PETA’s Courage in Commerce Award for putting animals ahead of market share and reversing its decision to sell in China, where animals are harmed and killed in product tests.

UD Decides Not to Sell in China

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.


2 Responses to “Urban Decay Decides to NOT Sell in China”

  1. Jen says:

    I’m surprised and pleased that Urban Decay changed their mind about selling in China.

    It’s strange to me that China would have a regulation requiring the testing of products like that on animals, considering all of the products that come FROM China that clearly had no kind of quality or safety testing done on them, resulting in the sickening and injury of pets.

  2. Marni says:

    I look at every product to make sure it has not been tested on animals. I have been known to call the company while I am still at the store to find out so that I will know if I can buy that product. I will let other animal lovers know about urban decay’s decision. Because of this choice I see that Urban Decay has integrity.