So after a few months of being assured my query was forwarded ‘to the relevant department’ for a reply, I set up a Twitter account because I was led to believe Tweeting is the fastest way to get a response. And it worked!
“Thanks for getting in touch, apologies on the slow response. Tesco own brand products are not tested on animals by Tesco or by our suppliers on our behalf. Our animal welfare policy applies to all our own-brand products. It covers animal testing, farmed animals used in food or non-food products and the sale of pets, other live animals and pet accessories. We do not carry out, commission or fund testing on animals for consumer products. Where animal testing is required by law e.g. for new medicines, we require suppliers to minimise reliance on animal trials and adopt the highest ethical and welfare standards.”
I also found this on the Tesco PLC website under their Animal Welfare Policy;
“For ingredients in our own-brand cosmetic or household products, we set a fixed cut-off date of 31 December 2007 and do not sell any such products made with ingredients tested on animals after this date. We have robust systems in place to ensure that these cut-off dates have been met by all our own brand suppliers.”
So Tesco own brand products are Cruelty Free! Their products are even marked with a “Not tested on animals” which I love. Not only do statements like this and Leaping Bunny symbols on products help shoppers, but it also sparks interests in shoppers who may be unaware that animal testing is still a ‘thing of the present’!
I mentioned in a previous blog about animal testing for medicine, and while it is a very different topic to animals being used for the sake of cosmetics, it is something which we hope will be eliminated in the future. It is impossible to ask the doctor to prescribe you Cruelty Free medicine, but alternative testing methods are being produced.
Because Tesco have their own range of medicinal products, which are tested on animals, I believe this is why they aren’t on any Cruelty Free lists. Here are a few of the alternative methods which are coming onto the market:
- In Vitro is the method of testing products samples of human cells and tissue in test tubes.
- Computerised models and stimulations
- MRIs and CT scans (non invasive)
- Computerised patient-drug databases and virtual drug trials
- Stem cell and genetics testing methods
- Microdosing (giving the drug to patients in a low dose which will affect the body on a cellular level as opposed to the whole body)
Of course it isn’t good that we still use animals for testing medicine, but like I mentioned above, life and death situations are distinctly different to that of cosmetics. But we definitely want to see more companies using these alternative methods.
There are a lot of reasons why these alternatives are more successful than animal tests. If you are interested on learning more about these alternatives, have a look at the link below! Makes for an interesting rainy day read!