I found out last summer through CCTV for Slaughterhouse's facebook page that although BUAV approved, Superdrug were raising money and donating it to charities such as Cancer Research UK and The Institute of Cancer Research who both use animal testing in their medical research. This seems very hypocritical to me and is annoying that BUAV don't take this into account (they also don't take parent companies stance on animal testing into consideration).
So sent Superdrug the following email using their contact link:
I am just writing to you to say how pleased I was when your own brands were BUAV approved - which is fantastic. However I am now very disappointed to discover that you are raising money to donate to charities which use animal testing in the medical field (Cancer Research UK, The Institute of Cancer Research). I find this very hypocritical and if you really believe that testing on animals is wrong then you should not be contributing to these institutions who believe that animal testing is excusable. It is also unethical for you to be using people who are against animal testing’s money to pass it on to companies who do so. This is completely unfair, and in my honest opinion just plain vulgar. I really hope you review your decision and in the future donate to cruelty free charities instead. Until then I am very sorry to say I will be boycotting all your products.Please feel free to copy and paste this if you want to contact them yourself!
And here is the reply I received:
Dear Miss Brown,
Thank you for your email enquiry regarding Cancer research UK.
Superdrug supports Cancer Research UK as part of its campaign to educate customers on the dangers of skin cancer and the ways this disease can be avoided by taking some simple steps during the summer. Rates of skin cancer are increasing each year in the UK and we believe that offering our customers the expertise and advice of the country’s biggest charity cancer research UK, is vital to help stop this growth.Which in my opinion is a load of crap. How about you stop selling low factor sunscreen (pointed out to me by one of the wonderful members of the facebook group “CCTV for all slaughterhouses”)? Why don’t you do your own research and find a cruelty free charity to support? By advocating a cruelty free charity I am sure they would gain a lot more of support from various groups! I am pretty shocked by their sheer ignorance to be honest. I know that there are a lot of people who shop there for the sole reason that they are cruelty free and vegan, so taking these people's money and putting it towards the very thing that they are against? They have been ‘unliked’ and ‘unfollowed’ by me! I urge you to email them if you agree with me - they need to know that this is wrong!
Neither Superdrug or its own brand manufacturers commission animal testing on any of its own brand products or ingredients. All Superdrug’s own brand beauty and health products carry accreditation from the BUAV.
Thank you for contacting Superdrug.
Miss S Berry
Superdrug Customer Relations
Admittedly, I have bought a couple of things from Superdrug since I found out about this, but I did use my points so only had to pay for a pound of it! I am buying a lot less than what I would be buying anyway!
Also this was last year so I am not 100% sure if they are still doing this, but considering it is coming up to summer again the chances are that they are. I will look into this! Click here for an update.
Thanks for reading, a very boring wordy post again boo!!
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*EDIT: I no longer avoid Superdrug as buying cruelty free is tough enough as it is, however if there is an easy alternative I will try to use it!*