UPDATE from Leaping Bunny
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which operates the Leaping Bunny Program in the U.S. and Canada, informed compassionate consumers who look for the Leaping Bunny Logo that skin care company Dermalogica is no longer certified as cruelty-free. Following up on reports, CCIC investigated and concluded that Dermalogica has had products approved for sale in The People’s Republic of China (China), which undoubtedly makes the company a party to animal testing.
“It is unfortunate that a company like Dermalogica, which has been on our list for several years, is implicated in cruel and unnecessary animal testing—just to sell in China,” said CCIC Chair Sue Leary. “It seems that they were monitoring their supply chain to guard against animal testing, but not their distribution system.”
“Companies need to understand: it’s your brand; it’s your responsibility,” Leary continued. “Dermalogica profited from sales in China and so they are accountable. That is the heart of the Leaping Bunny Standard.”
It has become known industry-wide that companies selling cosmetic and personal care products in China are required under new, specific guidelines to test (or be a party to testing of) finished cosmetic products and/or ingredients on animals. These requirements have caused other companies such as Mary Kay, to be removed from the Leaping Bunny list due to similar concerns.
Now that the animal testing has been revealed, the company says it will try to rectify the situation, although it may take some time. “Dermalogica does not condone animal testing and is in the process of actively withdrawing our product registrations and undertaking the necessary actions to suspend our distribution to the Chinese market,” according to Dermalogica’s CEO Daniel Ginsberg.
“I don’t doubt that Dermalogica regrets animal testing conducted in its name. But the fact is that consumers rely on us to let them know which companies are cruelty-free, and Dermalogica can no longer be considered in that category,” stated Vicki Katrinak, CCIC Administrator.
The Leaping Bunny Program sets itself apart from other cruelty-free lists by reviewing companies’ adherence to a strict no animal testing standard. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits for verification, and pledge commitments are renewed on an annual basis.
Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments. On the web at www.leapingbunny.org.
Dermalogica have released a public statement on their facebook page
Dermalogica does not, and has never, engaged in animal testing. We go to great efforts to ensure that our supply chain and ingredient suppliers uphold our values. We have recently become aware that the Chinese government now requires animal testing of cosmetic products as part of their product import registration process. Dermalogica does not condone animal testing, and is in the process of actively withdrawing our product registrations and undertaking the necessary actions to suspend our distribution to the Chinese market. We urge the Chinese government to consider non-animal, humane forms of safety testing.