In today’s marketplace, many companies are jumping on the cruelty-free bandwagon when it comes to the testing of their products on animals. In considering the brand name Dove we will address the following: Does dove test on animals?
Is Dove cruelty-free? Is Dove vegan?
Is Dove cruelty-free?
According to the Dove website, Dove has been recognized by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as “cruelty-free” because of its commitment to end tests on animals worldwide. Dove has marketed itself as a leader in producing and selling cruelty-free products. It claims that there has been no animal testing in the EU since 2004.
Who owns Dove and are they cruelty-free?
The parent company of Dove is Unilever and Unilever is not cruelty-free.
It is a fact that Unilever uses both products tested on animals done by third parties and through the use of animal-derived substances in its products.
Some alternative companies that do not test on animals include:
- Burt’s Bees
- Drunk Elephant
- Kiss My Face
- 100% Pure.
Does Dove Sell Products in China?
Dove does sell products in Mainland China despite the Chinese law that requires animal testing to be done on products entering their country. Dove has simply said that its products will no longer be imported into China.
This is important because, since 2014, nonspecial use cosmetics made in China such as Dove body lotions are not required to undergo the required animal testing before they are sold.
Is Dove Vegan?
Dove may be cruelty-free (well still not sure as they sell in China), but it is definitely not vegan.
Because it uses products derived from animals and animal by-products in its soaps, shampoos, and other items, Dove is not vegan. The use of animal by-products rather than plant derivatives makes Dove a non-vegan brand.
Although Dove claims to be cruelty-free and is certified by Peta. They claim that since the updated laws in China, they have requested that if China requires to test Dove’s products on animals then they should be informed beforehand.
But let’s just assume a scenario.
That China thinks it needs to test a certain product of Dove on animals due to any reason, I am 100% sure, it is not going to wait for permission from Dove or even inform them beforehand. It’s like asking your teacher what is in the question paper. No teacher will inform you of the details.
Getting my point.
However, they are being granted a cruelty-free status. And I leave it solely up to you. Whether you find them ethically right or wrong or even consider them cruelty-free or not. If you find it okay, then feel free to use their products.
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~Written by McLennard