Applaud Colgate-Palmolive’s Efforts to Move Away from Animal Testing

Target: Ian M. Cook, CEO, Colgate-Palmolive

Goal: Praise company’s work to end animal testing by educating industry leaders and lobbying for regulatory change.

Colgate-Palmolive recently held a training course teaching humane methods of testing that do not involve animals. In partnership with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), the course, called Alternative Methods for Evaluation of Toxicity, presented two in vitro testing methods with international regulatory acceptance status to over 30 participants from industry and government. These new methods, if adopted, could help save millions of animals from the horrors of a test lab.

Cosmetics, household products, food, and drugs are often tested on animals. These tests can include forcing mice and rats to inhale toxic fumes, force-feeding pesticides to dogs, or dripping corrosive chemicals into the eyes of rabbits. The animals used in these tests can often be kept in cages for much of their lives, isolated and displaying signs of mental and emotional distress.

Colgate-Palmolive has been trying to break away from reliance on these cruel tests. The company has funded similar meetings in the past, and was involved in the founding of the IIVS Industry Council for the Advancement of Regulatory Acceptance of Alternatives (ICARAA), a key program helping the Chinese government find an alternative for mandatory cosmetic testing on animals. The company performs animal testing only when required by law, and is currently working to bring about regulatory change in the industry.

Colgate-Palmolive is one of few major companies spending corporate dollars for the good of animals. Sign the petition below to thank the company for its work so far and encourage its continued progress toward stopping animal testing completely.


Dear Mr. Cook,

Colgate-Palmolive, in partnership with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), recently hosted the Alternative Methods for Evaluation of Toxicity course which aims to educate industry leaders about humane alternatives to animal testing. This is in addition to several other efforts, including attempting to turn the Chinese government away from mandatory animal testing for cosmetic products.

Animals used in tests can be drugged, forced to eat pesticides, or have corrosive chemicals put onto their sensitive eyes. These cruel experiments must stop, and we applaud your efforts to fund research and help industry leaders transition to cruelty-free alternatives. Please keep working toward an end to animal testing everywhere.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Jenna Miles says:

    Nice try, but it is not hard to be a cruelty free product company.

  2. Good luck and about time! The chinese will be hard work- they are a notoriously mindlessly cruel people but stand up to them, they are too used to getting their own way.

    • good luck trying to do something with China they one of the cruelest countries in the world they love to torture abuse and kill animals

  3. Keep trying, never give up because it’s something that should never be given up on.

    We (humans) needs to have the moral courage to end animal experiments if we are to be better.

  4. michelle taylor says:

    I refuse to purchase products from animal abusing companies.We need to ensure these POS animal abusing companies go bankrupt.

  5. this is China your trying to deal with they are one of the cruelest races in the world they kill and eat and torture anything that breaths

  6. Tanya Wenrich says:

    I never did understand why we test on animals. Its time to stop all testing on animals in every country. Thank you for being willing to help to try and educate others on the cruelty of animal testing.

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