Hi everyone!

Just a head’s up.

I mentioned in my Cruelty-Free Revolution post that the Leaping Bunny has a weakness that I believe everyone should be aware of.

When searching for a brand in the Leaping Bunny’s cruelty-free list, you should always check if the company in question sells products that could fall into the “drugs” category. This can mean anything from medication to dietary supplements.

If the company does sell drugs or dietary supplements, please e-mail the company to make sure that their drugs were not tested on animals. Same with any ingredients used in their formula.

This is because the Leaping Bunny only certifies cosmetics as being cruelty-free. The proof they demand to make sure the company doesn’t test on animals only applies to cosmetics — not drugs. And some dietary supplements are in fact tested on animals.

Therefore, be advised that you could be supporting a company that tests on animals even if they carry the Leaping Bunny logo. So be diligent and don’t skip the research!

I’ve made sure every brand you see on my list of cruelty-free brands that sells dietary supplements or other drugs does not test on animals and does not work with suppliers that test on animals.

From The Cruelty-Free 101 Series:

Super cute bunny picture by julochka.

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Kim Paschen

Hi, it’s Kim from the Leaping Bunny Program. I wanted to point out a few issues with this article. We are a cruelty-free certification program for cosmetics, but ALSO for personal care products and household products. We do not certify supplements or medicines because the FDA mandates testing on many of those products. In contrast, it leaves the safety and efficacy assessment up of personal care/household products up to the companies manufacturing them and does not require premarket approval. Here is more information: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm074162.htm

Suzi Scheler

Hi Kim. The problem I see is that the Leaping Bunny is allowing companies that test on animals in their program, which you’ve confirmed.

I’m amazed that this is the case, and that you don’t simply reject companies that sell supplements which you know were tested on animals.

Rebecca Brown

This completely defeats the whole point, doesn’t it really?

I’ve never agreed with these cruelty free programmes because, even though you know the company might not test, a lot are not actually cruelty free as animals have still suffered for certain products. Animal ingredients such as carmine. The poor insect suffers a terrible death, yet this is apparently ‘cruelty free.’ :/

Rebecca- The Vintage Vegan x


Why isn’t Kat Von D’s line not listed in the article?

…Um, every single medication *has* to be tested on animals in accordance to US law. There is *no way* around this. It is not the company’s fault in this case. All the medication we’ve taken when we were ill, taken to the hospital, etc. were all tested on animals. All the vaccines you’ve ever had and ever will have been tested on animals. Will you not take those vaccines from now on and risk being infected by diseases and viruses? Will you not take medication if you were on the verge of death? Leaping Bunny also only concerns themselves with… Read more »

How dare you hate animals…. why don’t you go inject chemicals in your body until you die of poisoning.

Kaia Jordan

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Andy Diamond

Thanks for this article. I also consult the Leaping Bunny list often as I think it is the most reliable one. However, it really isn’t perfect. Because as you mentioned in the article they could belong to a parent company that sells products that fall into the “drugs” category. Also, I don’t like that they have companies which are not completely vegan. At least they indicate whether a company belongs to a parent company that tests on animals, such as Body Shop, which belongs to L’Oreal. I also avoid these companies, of course.

Kristin Adams
I still feel that Leaping Bunny is the most comprehensive and thorough of all the cruelty-fee third party certifications. As a brand owner of a Leaping Bunny (and PETA) certified cruelty-free cosmetic company, I can tell you from experience that Leaping Bunny is very thorough. They randomly audit their certified companies. We were the lucky recipient of a surprise audit a few years ago and they looked through our entire supply chain all the way back to each raw material we purchased for years for each product to confirm that we were indeed sourcing 100% cruelty-free at every stage in… Read more »