In June 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed a story on Telegraph website dated August 2018, titled, 'Superdrug face backlash against Botox treatment from animal rights groups'. It stated:

"Superdrug is facing a backlash from animal rights groups for selling botox injections tested on animals.

"The high street retailer said it would provide the injections at one of its London stores from as little as £99, following feedback from thousands of its beauty conscious customers.

"However, Superdrug, has come under fierce criticism from animal welfare organisations who highlight the cruelty that can be involved in animal testing of these types of products."

The company therefore lost half a mark under Animal Testing.

Reference:

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/18/superdrug-face-backlash-against-botox-treatment-animal-r (9 May

In June 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Superdrug website for the company's policy on animal testing. On the CSR page, in a section titled Cruelty Free, the following statement was found:

"Superdrug believes that beauty should be cruelty free. We are proud to be Leaping Bunny approved... All of our own brand cosmetics and personal care products are approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme, the internationally recognisable gold standard for cruelty free products. We adhere to a fixed cut-off date policy and proactively monitor our suppliers to ensure that our products continue to adhere to the Leaping Bunny criteria. Our supplier monitoring system is also independently audited."

However, as the company said nothing of its policy around animal testing for medical products, it was assumed the company did test some of its products on animals. The company therefore received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for animal testing and lost a full mark under Animal Testing.

Reference:

www.superdrug.com (15 June 2020)

In June 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Perfume Shop website for an animal testing policy. Given that the company sold perfumes and animal testing was common practice in this industry, Ethical Consumer expected The Perfume Shop to have an animal testing policy. No information was found.

The Perfume Shop therefore received a worst rating for Animal Testing and lost a whole mark in this category.

Reference:

www.theperfumeshop.com (15 June 2020)

In June 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the PARKnSHOP website. It displayed a number of meat and dairy products for sale that were not labelled as free range or organic. It consequently lost marks under Factory Farming as well as the Animal Rights category.

Reference:

www.parknshop.com (15 June 2020)