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Please write to Urban Decay re: decision to open Chinese market

June 8, 2012

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Urban Decay has been against animal testing from their inception, but on June 6, 2012, Leaping Bunny has taken away their certification. Their plan is to enter the Chinese market where animal testing is done by the government, thus eliminating their original stance against animal testing.

As a vegan, Urban Decay has been one of the shining lights for the community as a high-quality cosmetics company that we could depend on, but not anymore. Urban Decay’s statement they released about China is hypocritical: if they wanted to make change in the country, they would go there and DEMAND their products to not be tested on animals or they would refuse to sell them.

They are going to see a big change: loss in their American market if they allow this animal testing to go on.


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To Whom It Concerns,

I am shocked to learn that Urban Decay has made the unfortunate decision to begin marketing products in China, despite China’s animal testing requirement, and despite Urban Decay’s longstanding policy against animal testing.  I am therefore writing to respectfully request that you continue producing items in the absence of animal testing.  Considered archaic and fundamentally flawed, product testing on animals lacks corporate legitimacy and social validation. Furthermore, it is imperative to recognize the existence of ingredients that already have an established, proven safety record for human use. These products, such as those found on the FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list, can be utilized and manufactured in the absence of deliberately cruel and unwarranted animal experimentation. Urban Decay‘s blatant disregard for animals and its potential decision to implement Chinese testing requirements is irresponsible and negligent.

Furthermore, the attempt to foster an idea that consumers continually support animal experimentation due to some inaccurate notion that it will prevent them from being harmed is unprincipled. Product misuse and abuse can lead to harm regardless of how many animals are wrongfully killed during the product testing phase. In fact, corporate manipulation and exploitation of consumer fear by using deceptive advertising is not only unethical but it is also illegal. As such, if Urban Decay decides to unnecessarily and selfishly capitalize on the mutilation, torture, and death of animals, I will not financially support you; furthermore, I will share this information with family, friends, colleagues, and members of online communities as well.

Please make both the ethical and financially-responsible decision to discontinue any plans to engage in animal experimentation immediately: join an increasing body of corporations who are listening to a concerned and attentive consumer population who refuse to be complicit in the inherently malicious industry of animal experimentation.



Urban decay,
Moral lapse,
Their commitment
To compassion
Has collapsed.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2012 4:47 pm

    You can’t imagine my gratitude Stacey! When I read their post I felt sick. Money , always money, life has no value for too many people


  2. June 8, 2012 5:04 pm

    They replied:

    We completely understand why you would be upset about what you’ve heard. But, because you clearly have strong feelings about animal rights and Urban Decay, we would love for you to read our statement about our decision to enter China at If you still have questions after reading it, we want to answer them. We are hosting a live chat with Urban Decay founding partner Wende Zomnir in two weeks. Check for a confirmed date and time. Please come – we would hate to lose such a passionate fan and activist.”


    Urban Decay

    If they can understand, if we don’t want to lose us, why don’t they change their mind?


    • June 10, 2012 1:12 pm

      I got that, too, like right away. I wonder if they are even reading our comments, it seems to make no difference. Thanks for everything you do, sis, love you.


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:09 pm

    Urban decay,
    Moral lapse,
    Their commitment
    To compassion
    Has collapsed.


  4. June 8, 2012 6:58 pm

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE.


  5. June 8, 2012 10:21 pm

    Hey, I just nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” – you deserve it! 🙂


    • June 10, 2012 1:11 pm

      Wow, what an incredible honor, thank you so much, Spencer! 🙂 🙂 🙂



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