Why is the Unilever Animal Testing Policy So Infuriating?

Does the Unilever animal testing policy make you angry? It sure makes me angry. Unilever, a company right up there with Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble, boasts a long list of personal care products and cosmetics as well as household products. Unilever’s products occupy an enormous amount of shelf space in just about every store imaginable. This obviously makes the company a dominant player in todays marketplace. But why is the Unilever animal testing policy so infuriating?

Outdated Policy

Unilever’s policy is outdated. Modern science and innovations have made it possible to determine product safety, hypoallergenic properties, and toxicity without outdated and cruel testing methods. Yet Unilever claims they are “making good progress” in this area. The following is taken directly from Unilever’s website:

That sort of sums up why, if you go to the home page of their website, you will see the words “A BRIGHT FUTURE: A BETTER BUSINESS.”  They are behind the times in dumping the uncalled for and horrific practice of animal testing considering that, according the Humane Society of the United States, there are over 600 “innovative” brands of beauty products that do not test on animals.  So I guess a “bright future” means that Unilever is looking forward to the day that it becomes that innovative?

Sells Products to Mainland China

Animal testing is not required by law in the United States. The FDA prohibits the sale of mislabeled or “adulterated” cosmetics but there is nothing that states any cosmetics must be tested on animals in order to deem them safe for humans. Yet Unilever chooses to engage in animal testing and supports the practice in other countries, namely mainland China.

Again, taken directly from the Unilever website, this quote:

Notice they state that “some governments test our products on animals as part of their regulatory requirements.” This seems to be stated in such a relaxed, nonchalant manner!  In my opinion they need to follow this with, “But knowing this, we sell products in these countries anyway.”

Then they mention putting in place “alternative methods.” You know what I see as the best alternative method to animal testing in this case? For them to stop selling products in Mainland China!

What? No way. Unilever, already mopping up billions upon billions of dollars from sales everywhere else, is far to0 greedy of a company to have any kind of compassion towards animals and stop selling products in a country that insists on animal testing. It’s all about the almighty dollar. They don’t care about the plight of innocent animals. Greed takes precedence over everything else.

Unilver insists that they are trying to “reduce the number of animals needed” for testing. What? Is that supposed to somehow make me feel better about the ones that are already being used?

I made my way to Unilever’s research division part of their website and saw pictures of people in lab coats, and they were all smiling. How can they smile? They are working for a company that chooses to exploit animals in order to line it’s pockets. I am sorry, but anyone who can allow animals to be purposely tortured, blinded, maimed, and killed is a very sick person. That person is no different from a person that would tie a dog to a tree without food or water on a hot day, and that’s putting it mildly. Anyone that can torment an animal in a laboratory is no different in my book than a person who would abuse an animal in a home or anywhere else.

To sum up, Unilever’s animal testing policy is infuriating first of all because there are so many humane ways to determine the safety of a product, yet Unilever is still trying to figure that one out. And perhaps even more infuriating is their choice to sell products in Mainland China where products coming in are tested on animals.

The worst part is that millions of uninformed and unsuspecting people purchase Unilever’s products every day. It’s not hard to see that animal testing is downplayed.

What do you think would happen if Unilever advertised that they test on animals? I think it would be great if companies were required to indicate that their products are tested on animals on the back of every bottle, box, and container they roll out.

Right now, the opposite happens. Companies that do not test on animals proudly display this information on their product packaging and/or containers. Companies that do test just don’t put anything about this topic on their products. But I think they should have to.  And if they did, how much do you think this would hurt their sales? Probably quite a bit!

Unfortunately, this is probably not going to happen anytime soon. But one thing that can happen is that we can blow the whistle on these animal abusing companies by getting the word out. By telling others through word of mouth and through the social sharing of posts like this one, we can reach many consumers.

And equally as important, don’t line the pockets of companies that test on animals!

You can find a list of Unilever brands on the the Unilever website. If you care about animals, don’t purchase these brands. You can also find a more specific list of Unilever brands that are not cruelty-free on Ethical Elephant . If you care about animals, don’t purchase these brands.

Here is a screenshot of the Unilever symbol, taken from their website:

This symbol is found on the back of Unilever brands, making it easy for you to identify these products.

Always choose cruelty-free products over brands that are tested on animals.

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For the Love of Animals,





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  1. dave says:

    I might be concerned about testing in animals but am more upset by the toxic chemicals in most household products – food – and yes make up – that have been and are linked to terrible diseases and cancer in particular – . I am very concerned about people and their health.

    1. Hi Dave,
      I, too, am upset by the chemicals in most household products. I am obviously more concerned with the animal testing aspect, but the interesting thing is that most of the companies that use a lot of harmful chemicals in their products are the ones that usually test on animals. Most of the companies that manufacture natural, biodegradable products are the ones that are cruelty-free.

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