There has been a lot of buzz in the cruelty free blogging community about Bath and Body Works changing its policy on animal testing. According to a recent post from the blog Logical Harmony, Bath and Body Works will now be testing their products on animals in countries where it is required by law! I couldn’t believe it, so I contacted them by email for further information. This is how they responded:
This means that Bath and Body Works WILL now be testing its products on animals in countries where it is required by law. It is sad that such a wonderful company is now turning to cruel animal testing methods in order to make more money by selling in these countries.
I advise you to contact them about their policy and let them know that you will no longer shop there until they are cruelty free again! Hopefully if enough ethically-minded customers express their disappointment, they will return to being cruelty free! I know that I will not be stepping foot in their stores until they stop testing their products on animals!
Learn more about animal testing here.
UPDATE: I shared this information with the peta2 advisory board I am a member of. After one of the leaders consulted the PETA Corporate Affairs department, she reported that Bath & Body Works is required to use this language because their parent company also owns Victoria’s Secret, which sells in China and is not cruelty-free. Bath & Body Works has given PETA written assurances that they do not test on animals or sell their products in countries that require testing.
So whether you are willing to continue shopping at Bath and Body Works comes down to whether you are OK with indirectly supporting Victoria Secret, who is no longer cruelty free.