In December 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Lidl's Animal Health and Welfare policy on its website. A questionnaire response received from Lidl in March 2019 was also viewed.
The questionnaire and policy stated: "We do not support animal testing and recognise that our customers are strongly opposed to the use of animals for the testing and development of products. In compliance with the EU ban on animal testing, we do not carry out or commission any such testing on our own-brand products or the ingredients they contain. Suppliers must ensure that cosmetic or household products supplied to Lidl UK have not been tested on animals and have met legally required timescales." A strong policy would have included a fixed cut-off date. Furthermore, no mention was made of policies regarding non-own brand animal tested products, therefore it was considered likely that the company retailed products that had been tested on animals.
Overall, Lidl received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Animal Testing and lost half a mark in this category.
Ethical Consumer questionnaire (14 March 2019)