Thursday, 12 July 2012
Urban Decay, make up your mind!
Well, I'm sure you all remember the palaver about Urban Decay deciding to sell in China to try to 'change them from the inside', and therefore revoking their cruelty-free status. This lead to an outcry from the beauty community, particularly those against animal testing.
However they made a statement on the 6th I believe it was, saying that they had decided not to sell in China anymore, you can read this statement here. They don't go into specifics about what exactly made them change their mind. A lot of people have been really relieved and are so proud of their decision, for listening to their customers, the power of us all getting together and making a stand. For example PETA have given a Courage in Commerce Award for deciding that animals are more important than profit. Which I find rather patronising to be honest - sorry, I really don't like PETA!
But then there has been a lot of speculation about what really happened, what went wrong? They were so determined to try and change the world then suddenly they were backpedaling. Was it really the outcry from their cruelty free customers that made them change their mind? I have even heard people talking about how perhaps it could just be an elaborate publicity stunt!
Personally, I will continue to buy from them but I definitely don't feel the same way about them as I did before. The fact that they were willing to give up their Leaping Bunny status and have their products tested on animals still has a lingering effect on me.
I thought I would link in a couple of other cruelty free blogger's opinions on what UD have done:
Alex at The Modern Vegetarian's thoughts here
Karris blogging for Mindful Mum's thoughts here
What are your thoughts?