Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Urban Decay to start animal testing.

Hello beauties!

I'm a little shocked. This has been going on for almost a month, and still no-one knows what is really going on. Urban Decay announced to their fans on Facebook that they're going to start selling their product in China on June 6.

"To all our UDers: We have decided to sell Urban Decay products in China. Because of China's policies, this has upset some of our loyal fans who are also animal rights activists." 

There were many, many comments on this post, the loyal supporters of the brand pretty much disgusted, and they said so. Urban Decay then promised to have a discussion with their supporters, but this still hasn't happened as far as I know. On June 14 they said on Facebook :

 "Hello UDers, we haven't forgotten about you! We will have more chat information soon - thank you all again for your patience. In the meantime, we are answering as many questions as we can directly."

They claim they're going into China to stop animal testing, and while they themselves won't test their products on animals, the Chinese government will. How is this not against their policies? Anyway, here's some of what they've been saying.

"We do want to address one FAQ: No, Urban Decay will not test on animals in China. However, the Chinese government may conduct a test using our products before they can be sold there. We absolutely realize that for many of you, it makes no difference who is doing the testing. But, animal rights are still very much important to Urban Decay, and our decision was a thoughtful one."

"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."
So you don't like testing on animals, but to save the world you will? Makes sense. That's why Frodo kept the Ring for the greater good. And it's why Superman keeps some Kryptonite under his pillow. It's also why Charming kept Snow White in the glass case and never kissed her. Cause saving the world while endorsing what you stand against is the answer here.

And except for that, China is on their way to going cruelty free. Why not simply wait ten years before you go in there. They even said :

"And yes, we would eventually like to make money in China. But we don’t stand to turn a profit in China for quite a while, partially because the market isn’t quite ready to sustain an untraditional brand like ours. If it were only about the money, we would wait a few years. But our foray into this market is also about participating in an amazing time of change in China. We don’t like animal testing (and neither do the 13 dogs in our office), but we are trying to change the world… even if it is one eye shadow at a time! Sitting on the sidelines isn’t our style. We understand that you might not like our decision, but we hope you can respect it."

So, if you won't be making money there for a few years, you could have waited a few years before going in there, so Chinese government would have stopped animal testing all together. 13 dogs huh? Imagine them with bleeding eyes from your one eye shadow at a time. No animal lover would do this.

I honestly feel a little sick.

Anyway, their Leaping Bunny has been withdrawn since this mess started, and supporters are pretty much rabid at this point. I've blogged about UD before. It's been my Holy Grail of makeup brand for a long time, the one I've wanted to get my grubby little hands on since I've started doing makeup. The Naked pallet has been calling my name loudly, and I've been looking forward to buying my very own one for the longest time. Now I don't want one.

I'll stick to my little brands that don't endorse animal testing. I've said this before, but I'd rather give up makeup completely than support this madness. Read more here.

We live in a sick and twisted world.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals. They honestly deserve kindness more than most people.

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