Today I’m going to share with you guys a list of parent companies that test on animals. These are large corporations who own tens and hundreds of brands. Some brands owned by these parent companies are cruelty-free; however, the majority of them are not.
I find knowing who the parent companies are is the best way to figure out what I can buy in a store. If a product is owned by any of these companies, I know not to buy it, unless it’s a brand that I know is cruelty-free. This is the easiest way, I find, to shop when I don’t know about certain brands. All I do is look at the back of a product to determine who owns the brand, and then I know if it’s a product I should put back on the shelf.
I do like to make sure that I support cruelty-free brands, even if they are owned by companies who are not cruelty-free, though, because it’s showing that there’s a market for cruelty-free products. For example, Urban Decay and The Body Shop are both owned by L’Oreal, but I support them because they’re both cruelty-free brands.
The following parent companies are not cruelty-free. These are companies who choose to continue testing on animals, causing tremendous suffering to our furry friends, despite many other companies being cruelty-free. There’s absolutely no reason to be testing on animals for cosmetic purposes, or for any reason in my opinion. These parent companies, however, own mostly cosmetic brands (anything from makeup and shampoo to cleaning products).
These are the top parent companies that DO test on animals:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Church & Dwight
The Clorox Company
Johnson & Johnson
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Proctor & Gamble
If I’ve left any major companies out, please let me know. I always like being informed and I will add it to the list!
And if you would like to know about any specific cruelty-free brands, please check out these links!