If you’ve not yet read the new statement from UD, here it is in its entirety:
After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products – our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.
Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue.
Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be100% cruelty-free.
If you have additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well… undeniably it’s a good result, in fact it’s the only result we could have hoped for. But the fact still remains that the only reason they changed their minds is because of the backlash from millions of UD fans worldwide. If it had only been a handful of people kicking up a fuss, you can bet they would have gone right ahead with the entry to the Chinese market.
I’m not sure how I feel about it right now – obviously I’m glad that they’ve changed their minds, but I’m still fuming that they ever thought they could get away with it in the first place. Did they honestly not realise what a shitstorm they would cause?
“Urban Decay is proud to be100% cruelty-free”… Well, no. You stopped caring about being cruelty free when your blatant greed led you to the idea that selling in China would be a good thing. If that was ever your main priority, you simply wouldn’t have even considered it.
I love this bit: “Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision”. It beggars belief – they MUST have been 100% sure that they were going to do it (in fact I think they were already in the process of doing so), I mean it MUST have been definite because they MUST have known that there would be at least SOME backlash. They wouldn’t have released their original statement if they weren’t 100% sure they were going to do it… Do you know what I mean?
I still won’t be advocating the brand on my blog and I doubt I’ll buy their products again, because the whole thing still makes me feel uneasy that a brand whose popularity and success was built not only on their excellent quality products but equally their stance on animal testing, would even consider entering a country so morally backwards in terms of animal welfare as China in the first place. There still doesn’t seem to be any concrete proof one way or the other regarding whether any testing actually happened.
What do you think about the whole thing?