It’s a little confusing when you look up MAC cosmetics website and they have a statement saying that MAC does not test on animals. However when you dig further you find that this is actually not the case. So let’s get at the truth and discover if MAC Cosmetics is truly cruelty free in 2020 or not?
Under ‘animal testing’ on the footer tab of MAC cosmetics menu you’ll come across this statement:
WORKING TOWARD A CRUELTY-FREE WORLD
M·A·C does not test on animals. We do not own any animal testing facilities and we never ask others to test on animals for us. While some governments conduct animal testing to prove safety before they will allow us to sell our products, M·A·C has never tested on animals and we continue to be a leader in the movement to end animal testing globally. To this end, we are proud to partner with IIVS (INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES) to expand the use and acceptance of non-animal testing methods worldwide.
WHAT DOES CRUELTY-FREE MEAN?
According to the dictionary, cruelty-free is a cosmetic or other product developed without being tested on animals; pertaining to a product created without being tested on animals.
They’re a bit more to that definition when it comes to cosmetics. For a product or company to be considered cruelty-free it needs to meet the following criteria:
- Does not test their products or ingredients on animals
- Does not authorize third-parties to test their products or ingredients on animals
- Does not sell in a country where animal testing is required
When a company is declaring their cruelty-free status they are talking about their manufacturing process and materials in the present time.
BUT!! MAC Cosmetics is not certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny, Peta or Cruelty Free International! And Mac is also sold in China.
Mac is owned by Estée Lauder, whose animal testing policy is not to test on animals unless required by law. But because MAC is sold in China, where animal testing is required, MAC isn’t a cruelty-free company. Boo!
From The MAC Cosmetic Website:
Which countries require animal testing?
China tests on animals as part of its safety assessment of cosmetic products. We love our fans and we never want to exclude them anywhere.
How does M·A·C test its products for safety and efficacy?
We use human volunteers and we conduct or commission in vitro testing.
Does M·A·C own any animal testing facilities?
No. We don’t own any animal testing facilities anywhere in the world.
***Remember that brands willingly sell their products in China even though they know their products will be tested on animals.
The statement “We love our fans and we never want to exclude them anywhere.” tells you that MAC Cosmetics values profits over animal welfare. Please don’t support brands like these that are tested on animals when there are so many wonderful Cruelty free alternatives.
Based on all the facts above, MAC Cosmetics is NOT CRUELTY FREE. Their products are sold in mainland China and can be subjected to animal testing required by law.
Please sign the petition to stop harmful animal testing globally! We can do this!
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