My official statement, and what I think about supporting Urban Decay; this is an opinion and you have the right to not agree with what I’m saying:
As many of you may have heard, Urban Decay made the wise decision to forgo selling and therefore testing their items to be sold in the Chinese market. I was so relieved to hear this, but not because I plan on supporting and/or buying items from Urban Decay. I feel relieved for the thousands of animals that will be saved because of this decision. I commend them for doing this, but I am not going to forget what easily could have gone in another, inhumane direction.
Now, I leave it to all of you to decide for yourself what companies you want to support. I use my website as a tool to share info and to help people come to their own conclusions about companies. As far as my own personal views on a company, it is also my right not to buy from and/or support companies that I don’t trust 100%.
Here is why I don’t plan on purchasing from or supporting Urban Decay you may disagree and that’s your right.
1. A company that can so easily flip-flop on one of their core company values from one week to the next is not a company I care to trust or support.
2. I am trying to support more independent brands/smaller companies that have good customer service and are honest and straight-forward in their public statements, emails, and the way they run their businesses. Urban Decay has proven that they have poor customer service by having poorly prepped PR representatives and allowing them to talk down to their customers and not answer the tough questions they posed to them after the initial issue was addressed.
3. Its harder to monitor larger corporations, and if they’ve had shady behavior in the past, what’s to stop them from doing something similar in the future? The only information we have is what a company chooses to tell us…I feel that if a company breaks trust, I have a hard time taking their word, especially on something as hugely important to me as animal rights.
4. This company has proven that money is a deciding factor on whether or not they will participate in animal testing. Their core customer base are vegans/cruelty-free shoppers and they so easily threw aside our trust to make extra money. I understand that this is a capitalist economy and money is important, but if you let money be your main determinant in deciding important details about your company and decisions that degrade the core morals your company was founded on, what is the point? Integrity should be as important as the profits you earn.
5. I’m still waiting for an apology for their initial, thoughtless statement they released regarding their intentions to “change the laws” etc….while still allowing items to be tested on animals. You don’t make changes by giving in, you make changes by sticking up for your beliefs and not selling out innocent creatures for your profit margin.