Re: Shu Umera Tests on Animals!
Originally Posted by BeautyPsycho
Well, as far as I know, MAC ones (for example) are hairs that animals shed and leave behind. They don't actually kill animals to make brushes.
If this is true, do you know how many animals they would have to keep in cages, bins, etc. to collect (brush out or shave) these hairs to make a gozillian MAC brushes. That would mean that wild animals like squirrels, badgers, mink (other companies make mink (kolinsky) & badger brushes) would have to be kept in unnatural conditions. In NY, only certified wildlife rehabbers can keep wildlife. These brushes come from Japan & (ugh) China. My guess is that the keeping of these animals would be akin to our puppy mills! The only natural hair that is OK in my book is goat hair because they are herding animals & would not have to be incarcerated like other animals. I also have to assume that some of the pony hair comes from animals going to slaughter. If you recall several years ago that outercoats coming to the US from China had dog fur on them. Sometimes I truly think that some of these brushes are made of German Shepard hair -- one of the Chinese's dogs of choice.
I am going to contact Shu Uemura about their animal testing policies next week & I will post back. If they do animal testing (along with Shisiedo) that means that Sephora isn't carrying only products which are cruelty-free since both brands are carried by Sephora.
On Estee Lauder's website they say that they do not test on animals, however, if a new ingredient is developed, then, they have to abide by the FDA testing protocol.
Although, I do not support testing drugs (i.e. insulin, etc.) on animals, I do, however, see a difference between drug testing vs. torturing an animal for the mere vanity of wearing makeup! What kills me is that some of these companies just test simply to get governmental grants or as a business write-off. It's enough to make you sick.