Animal Cruelty / Beauty

Email Response from Kao (Animal Testing)

Recently, I posted a email response from Coty Inc. regarding their animal testing policy. I also wanted to email Kao Inc., mainly because they boast no animal testing but PETA seems to be in a constant boycott with them.

I wish I saved the message I sent them. Basically, it was something like, “Does Kao test any of their products on animals? Do Kao brands test their products on animals? Are the ingredients in your products tested on animals? Can you confirm that your suppliers are cruelty-free and would you be willing to post your suppliers names? Can you assure your consumers that at no time during the manufacture of your products there is animal testing?”

This is the response I got:

Hello Stephanie:

We are pleased to inform you that Kao USA Inc. does not use animals to test any of our products. We closely examine all ingredients and products before they go on the market to ensure that all products meet the safety expectations outlined in the PCPC Consumer Commitment Code, US FDA and EU regulations, and many other recognized regulatory agencies. Additionally, current plans do not include the use of animals in the development of new products.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Sincerely,

Consumer Care Center
Kao USA Inc.
Ban Bioré Curel Jergens John Frieda

So, they answered one of my questions: they do not test their products on animals. Kao does, however, sell their products in China (according to their Group Profile 2013) and have testing and quality centres in China. Surprisingly, they didn’t send me their full animal testing policy – assuming because they write at some point “unless required by law”.

Other brands by Kao Inc.:
· ban
· Biore
· Curel
· Goldwell
· guhl
· Jergens
· John Frieda
· KMS California
· Molton Brown

Also, PETA has a boycott on them:

An email response from August 2012 gives more information:
“We do offer our products in China although we continue to endorse no animal testing of our products. We closely examine all ingredients and products before they go on the market to ensure that all products meet the safety expectations outlined in the PCPC Consumer Commitment Code, US FDA and EU regulations, and many other recognized regulatory agencies. Additionally, current plans do not include the use of animals in the development of new products.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that our ingredients used have been tested on animals prior to our use.”

So, with this information and the misinformation I got from Kao, I am definitely not using their products. Until they can confirm that they no longer sell in China and have reputable and cruelty-free suppliers.

(Again, the full list is getting posted soon, but it’s taking quite a bit longer than expected to get the right information!)

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6 thoughts on “Email Response from Kao (Animal Testing)

  1. I must say, the fact that you are paying attention to this epidemic (testing on animals) is a tribute to your character… good on you!!! PETA will have some good resources on their cruelty free list (although I may not agree with their methods for other matters). Another great resource is google, yes, I know that’s the simple answer but there are great products out there like “Beauty Without Cruelty” and “Alba” and “Kiss my Face” …which by the way, has been around FOREVER as far as cruelty free beauty care. I find that these products can be just as affordable as “regular store” products if you know where to purchase (Amazon, Vitacost). Happy shopping!

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  2. I would take anything PETA promotes or says with a grain of salt. This originization is full of hypocrisy. First, the people they have endorse them are meat eating fur wearing idiots. Second you may want to research their stance on killing stray animals and the percentage of the animals they save and kill rate per year. There is no justification for what they do. This may have been a respectable originization once upon a time but they are now part of the problem.

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    • Oh I know. I have done a lot of research on PETA. They are becoming more and more corrupt. I added that in mainly because it led me to find that they do endorse animal testing.

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  3. yeah that’s unfortunate, I’m also looking for budget friendly products and see that most of drugstore ones do test on animals…and I trust Peta since that’s what they do but good of you to check, hopefully sometime in near future we see some more famous brands stop testing on animals.

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