Does Procter & Gamble test on animals or sell in China?
Procter & Gamble is a well-known name and owns many of the household brands you use every day. But is Procter & Gamble cruelty-free or do they test on animals?
For a company to be considered cruelty-free they have to meet all of the following criteria:
- Do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals
- Don’t allow others to test on their behalf
- Do not sell in a country where animal testing is required.
After doing a bit of research, I found that Procter & Gamble doesn’t meet the above cruelty-free requirements and is not considered to be a cruelty-free parent company.
Let’s look into what all of that really means and what you can do about it.
Is P & G Certified Cruelty-Free?
When researching a brand’s cruelty-free status my first stop is the certified cruelty-free list. There are three organizations that give official certifications to brands around the world; Leaping Bunny, Peta, and Choose Cruelty-Free.
Procter & Gamble is not found on any of these organization’s cruelty-free lists. However, they are found on Peta’s list of brands to avoid.
Does Procter & Gamble Test on Animals?
The next step in my research is going directly to the company’s animal testing policy to see where they stand. Procter & Gamble’s policy can be found in the ‘Policies and Practices’ section of their website. Here is what it states:
“At P&G, we believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do. We do not test our products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law. We are working hard to make it obsolete. Therefore, we’ve invested more than $410 million in developing alternative, non-animal testing methods and then getting them accepted by regulators around the world. Today, we use more than 50 non-animal alternatives, half of which were invented or co-invented by P&G. We will continue working with the world’s top independent experts and partnering with leading animal protection groups such as the Humane Society of the U.S. to promote new alternatives research and regulatory acceptance of existing alternatives. This is the only way to eliminate all animal testing, globally.”
Procter & Gamble’s animal testing policy contradicts itself. It states that they do not test on animals However, they will make the exceptions when required by a country’s laws. Therefore, Procter & Gamble does allow animal testing on their products.
What Brands Does P & G Own?
Procter & Gamble is a multinational company that owns several popular cleaning brands. Below is a list of all the brands owned by them.
Many people in the cruelty-free community choose to completely boycott any brand owned by a non-cruelty-free parent company. So, I try to provide as much information as possible so that you have the resources to make your own decision.
So, I’ve indicated which brands are sold in China or are certified cruelty-free. I would err on the side of caution for any of the companies that don’t have additional information.
- Ambi Pur
- Aussie – PETA CERTIFIED
- Braun – SOLD IN CHINA
- Crest – SOLD IN CHINA
- Gillette – SOLD IN CHINA
- Hair Food – PETA CERTIFIED
- Head & Shoulders – SOLD IN CHINA
- Herbal Essences
- Mr. Clean
- Olay – SOLD IN CHINA
- Old Spice
- Oral-B – SOLD IN CHINA
- Pantene – SOLD IN CHINA
- Rindex 3en1
- Safeguard – SOLD IN CHINA
- SK-II – SOLD IN CHINA
- The Art of Shaving
- Tide – SOLD IN CHINA
Wrap Up: Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free?
No, Procter & Gamble is not a cruelty-free company. Even though they claim to not test on animals, they choose to make exceptions to satisfy a country’s health authorities.
Therefore, Procter & Gamble is not considered to be cruelty-free. They will be added to my list of brands that test on animals.
However, they do own some Peta certified cruelty-free brands. But the choice is yours on whether you feel comfortable using them.
Now I’d like to hear from you…What are your thoughts about Procter & Gamble? Will you boycott them completely or use some of their cruelty-free brands? Please leave your comments below!