Last Updated: November 18, 2014

Does Rusk test on animals?

Rusk and Conair, its parent company, are both on PETA’s cruelty-free companies list. However, after seeing the shady red-flag claim “Final product not tested on animals” on their product description in a popular online store, I decided to contact the company. As it turned out, it’s highly possible that Rusk does test on animals when it comes to ingredients that are supplied to them. Just to show how unreliable PETA’s list can be. In their e-mails, they only confirmed that they do not test their finished products on animals.

Here’s their reply, as well as the following correspondence:

On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM, Linda Bryan <Linda_Bryan@conair.com> wrote:
Dear Kitty,

In response to your email,

We are a long-standing member of the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and strictly adhere to their Consumer Commitment Code. We do not test our finished products on animals. We do not require or ask our suppliers of raw materials used in our products to perform any testing on animals.

Thank you for your inquiry,

Rusk

My reply:

Hello Linda,

Thank you for your reply. I only have one more question: while I understand that you don’t require it, can you confirm that none of your suppliers test on animals?

Thanks in advance,

Kitty

Rusk’s response:

Dear Kitty,

In response to your email,

No – we can’t.

1)      We do not require our suppliers to test their ingredients on animals, however, they might have need to be tested for some other non-cosmetic use.

2)      Even though ingredients used on cosmetics are not required to be tested on animals when the finished product is sold in the US or the EU, there may be other countries that do require such testing, and we can’t control that.

3)      There are many ingredients that have a long history of use, and their use would predate any such concern.

I hope that this will help you.

Thank you for your inquiry,

Rusk