Pantene is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be funding animal testing by selling products in mainland China, where it's required by law.
“We do not test our products on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law, and we are working hard to make animal testing of all consumer products obsolete.”
Although Pantene as a company do not test their finished products on animals, they nevertheless pay others to test their products on animals “where required by law”. This means that Pantene is not cruelty-free.
When companies claim that they test on animals “where required by law”, it typically means that they sell their products in mainland China, where cosmetics are legally required to be tested on animals.
To learn more about animal testing laws in China, click here.
Pantene claims to be “working hard to make animal testing obsolete”, however they willingly agree to having their products tested on animals. Brands that are truly committed to the elimination of animal testing do not test on animals, and do not sell in countries where animal testing is required by law.
Pantene is owned by Procter & Gamble, a company that tests on animals. Not only is Pantene not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.
Yes, Pantene is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, Pantene is not certified by any organizations.
Pantene might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.
Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."
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