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Shop Online at the Body Shop and 10 Per Cent Will Go to PETA

If you want to smell good, look good and feel good (all at once!), there’s never been a better time than now to head to The Body Shop online store.

We’ve teamed up with The Body Shop once again to help make the world a better place for animals. In 2009, The Body Shop Foundation helped PETA fund scientific testing of the EpiDerm test, which can replace the old skin-irritation test in which rabbits were used to test cosmetics and other products. The EpiDerm test and other similar non-animal testing methods will spare many thousands of rabbits from being forced to undergo this painful test in the future. We think that PETA and The Body Shop make a great team!

But this time, we thought that it would be great if you and our other wonderful PETA supporters could get in on the action, so The Body Shop has agreed to donate 10 per cent of sales from their UK online store to PETA if you shop via the unique link that they have especially set up. So whether you’re buying lovely “smellies” for yourself or as Christmas presents for your well-deserving friends, your on-line shopping spree will help save animals.

What are you waiting for? Shop ’til you drop!

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  1. avatar Brien Comerford says:

    The Body Shop is an iconic entity that has always cared deeply about animal welfare.

    • avatar Sam says:

      The Body Shop still get checked every year to ensure they comply with the Humane Cosmetics standard, and thier foundation does loads for animal welfare! Anita Roddick wanted them to be a trojan horse in L’Oreal – go Body Shop!

  2. avatar Holly says:

    Is the Body Shop not still funded by, or rather, profiting the parent company – LOREAL? I’m not sure any of us should be believing their stated ethics any longer. It’s great that they are helping PETA to fund alternative testing but what if it is just an attempt to un-tarnish their name since the 2006 takeover and the Body Shop boycott that is being pushed by other animal welfare efforts. Look into the facts for yourselves before shopping with The Body Shop. Send your donations directly to PETA perhaps, bypass the money hungry!!

    http://www.naturewatch.org/take-action/lobbying-industry/loreal-boycott.aspx

    • avatar Maria says:

      I am really confused too! It is all really nice what Body Shop is doing but it is just a marketing strategy! Very disappointed with PETA, I think we all understand that The Body Shop complies with “very strict EU laws about animal testing” (not at all!!!) but still owned by L’oreal. I have always boycott The Body Shop but now really feel betrayed by PETA!

  3. avatar Claire says:

    How can you be supporting the Body Shop? I agree that a few years ago it was an ethical brand, but now it has been taken over by L’Oreal (one of the worst animal testing offenders). How can you support such a company? By putting your name to them, you are endorsing them.

    Please re-think this relationship you have with them.

  4. avatar Roisin Gruner says:

    My info. may be out-of-date, but I believe that L’Oreal – who now own The Body Shop – are still using animal-testing. Hope someone has an up-date on this.
    Love & Peace, Roisin.

  5. avatar chris watson says:

    How can peta be friendly with a company that is owned by such a horrible company as Loreal. Surely we should be boycotting them, not signing their praises.

    • avatar michelle says:

      If Loreal wanted to show their kindness to animals they should start with their own products, they have now poisioned my favourite shop and the place where i would find good clean products.

    • avatar Tori says:

      What michelle said

  6. avatar Matt says:

    PETA strongly believes that The Body Shop is a company which still deserves our support. Years after purchase by L’Oreal, its products are every bit as cruelty-free as they ever were (in fact, they are actually now all vegetarian, which means they have actually improved, in terms of animal-friendliness). The Body Shop is still compliant with the extremely high standards on animal testing set by the Humane Cosmetics Standard which PETA supports http://www.peta.org.uk/feat/feat-products_testing.asp and we have met them personally to discuss their position on animal testing. As we see it, as long as the products on their shelves are still cruelty-free, they deserve our support.

    In fact, we feel it’s important for consumers to continue buying personal-care products from The Body Shop in order to support the company’s strong anti-testing stance and show L’Oréal the market for cruelty-free products is huge. If compassionate people stopped buying from The Body Shop, what commercial reason would its owners have for keeping it cruelty-free, as they have done for over five years now? And if they were to change that policy – as they could do if it stopped being profitable to them – how would that help animals in laboratories? To put it simply, although we understand why some people have concerns about the ownership of The Body Shop, boycotting them won’t actually help animals and could even make things worse.

    Invariably, when a massive corporation buys a smaller, more compassionate company, the big company learns from the smaller company’s success that consumers are concerned about issues such as animal testing and cruelty to farmed animals. For example, Linda McCartney foods are produced by Heinz, dairy products company Fayrefield Foods owns Swedish Glace, the non-dairy frozen dessert which is now sold in all major supermarkets, and food giant Kraft owns Green & Black’s Organic, which produces vegan chocolate. These conglomerates’ purchases of compassionate companies have caused humane products to become more widely promoted and sold than ever before. In fact, The Body Shop has opened hundreds of new stores across the world since being bought by L’Oreal, making it easier for many, many people to get cruelty-free products. Large corporations now recognise the expanding market of compassionate consumers who want cruelty-free food, cosmetics and clothing. We hope The Body Shop’s no-testing policy and its support of projects which are friendly to animals will ultimately persuade L’Oréal to abandon animal tests across the board. Remember, L’Oreal’s business isn’t animal testing: it’s just selling cosmetics.

    PETA’s aim is to stop animal testing in the future. Every pound spent in the Body Shop and companies like it is a vote for a more compassionate way of doing things and other companies know that. And we should also remember that not everyone feels as strongly about animal testing as people like you and I do – for some people, if they can’t buy products they like on their high street, they won’t buy them at all and they’ll buy from companies whose ingredients are tested on animals. Again, that doesn’t help animals and that is what this whole thing is about. Companies like The Body Shop make going cruelty-free easier for people and that has to be a good thing. The question we all need to ask is not “who owns this company?” but “will boycotting this company help animals?” In the case of The Body Shop, for all the reasons I’ve explained, we are confident it won’t.

    Of course, people must make up their own minds and there are plenty of other companies making cruelty-free products to choose from. I hope though that you now understand why we take the position we do. We do really appreciate your concern for animals and interest in buying cruelty-free products.

    • avatar Anna says:

      Unfortunately, regardless of the fact that 10% goes to support PETA’s against animal testing campaigns, 50%-60% goes towards the animal testing to L’Oreal. I will never purchase any Body Shop products again!

  7. avatar Megan says:

    From my view, any profits that The Body Shop make go straight back into the coffers of L’Oreal.

    I’m afraid I won’t be using the 10% discount.

    • avatar Anna says:

      100% agree
      This is the reason why I am not using Body Shop products any more… I am very disappointed that PETA has chosen this company for their campaign

  8. avatar Maria says:

    No, I a won’t be buying from The Body Shop and won’t be using the 10%. Please PETA reviwe this!!!!

  9. avatar RMR says:

    PETA,
    Seeing this on your homepage of all places disgusted me. I can see where you’re coming from but to me it connotes a charity concerned with fund raising more than principle as it sent out a ‘sure a company that tests on animals can have 90% as long as we get our cut’ message. I’m really dissapointed in PETA right now.

  10. avatar Carole says:

    I am very confused about Peta`s relationship with the Body Shop so could a Peta spokesperson please give me a simple yes or no answer. Does bodyshop carry the leaping bunny logo?

  11. avatar Maria says:

    Do not buy products from BODY SHOP! Is PETA saying that is ok that 90% of all our money goes to the annual profit of L’oreal???!!!!

  12. avatar chander kumar soni says:

    wow, so nice offer.

  13. avatar Carole says:

    I am still confused so think its best I continue to boycott Body Shop and L`Oreal just to play safe.

  14. avatar Dave T says:

    Body Shop/ Anita Roddick you sell out two faced woman!

    You advocate animal right and then sell your company to L’Oreal?!!! You sold out for a few quid. Money bought your principles. You deserve nothing but contempt and vilification.
    Why is buying from the Body Shop now ANY different to buying from a company that contracts out its animal testing?? The profits still go to the company that does – L’Oreal.

    Boycott the Bodyshop which the BUAV campaigned against years ago, but PETA has jumped into bed with them?

    Shocking.

  15. avatar natalie colebrooke says:

    buav approved or not… buying from the bodyshop is a joke if u are against animal testing/cruelty..l’oreal are discusting.. as for linda m, that company is a joke too, most products contain dairy, so are we saying that it is bad to eat meat but ok to abuse dairy animals ???

  16. avatar Sam says:

    To boycott the Body Shop that is doing good is penalising them rather than supporting them. That doen’t drive longterm change, it just means that they go under which actually helps the bigger nastier companies. Check out thier foundation website, its all for animal welfare. Sam

  17. avatar Paul says:

    We are very disappointed to learn that PETA is supprting The Body Shop. PETA supporting Nestle & L’Oreal?? I still can’t believe this is happening, it goes against everything we stand for….

  18. avatar Tinkerlily says:

    I stopped using body shop products when l’oreal bought the company and believe in what PETA stand for but, am very shocked to learn u are promoting the body shop which may be animal friendly but their sister company certainly is not!! I shall continue to boycott the body shop.

  19. avatar Emily O'Hara says:

    This is a difficult subject; what will it take to change the big companies such as L’oreal? I have to conclude that profit and public opinion will be the two biggest factors. If we continue to support B.S. will it demonstrate that there is a financial incentive for L’oreal to become more animal friendly? I have not shopped at Body Shop since the take over, choosing vegan approved companies like Beauty Without Cruelty (bwcshop.co.uk) and Essentially Yours (essentially-yours.co.uk), but I would be interested to hear the views of any economists on this subject.

  20. avatar sharon says:

    Like a few others on here i am confused and quite annoyed. I have just purchased Bodyshop products because they stipulated they were ” cruelty free ” i do not believe in animal testing and have got to agree with many on here that PETA should explain why they have teamed up with offenders when they claim to be for the animals ……

  21. avatar jane says:

    It is rubbish for PeTA to say that we should shop in body shop otherwise Loreal may test Body Shop products on animals too. That is like blackmail. Far better to boycot both and if everyone did that then that is more likely to make them rethink.

  22. avatar Anne says:

    What a load of rubbish, if you take part in this “offer” you’re putting money into one of the most unethical and inhumane companies on the planet. PETA!! Naughty Naughty!!
    L’Occitane over L’oreal…

  23. avatar Kathryn says:

    I am absolutely horrified. ‘Matt’ your script above explaining the actions of PETA, please excuse me, is total bulls***. The money people are paying to The Body Shop is still ultimately being profited to/by L’Oréal. You cannot deny this and seeing as you haven’t addressed it in your ‘speech’ you obviously know this is true.

    “In fact, we feel it’s important for consumers to continue buying personal-care products from The Body Shop in order to support the company’s strong anti-testing stance and show L’Oréal the market for cruelty-free products is huge. If compassionate people stopped buying from The Body Shop, what commercial reason would its owners have for keeping it cruelty-free, as they have done for over five years now? And if they were to change that policy – as they could do if it stopped being profitable to them – how would that help animals in laboratories? To put it simply, although we understand why some people have concerns about the ownership of The Body Shop, boycotting them won’t actually help animals and could even make things worse.”

    Are you kidding me? Show L’Oréal the market for cruelty-free products? They obviously know there is a market for cruelty-free hence why they bought the company out and yes it’s correct that they have kept The Body Shop cruelty free for five years now so surely that’s long enough and even more for them to see there is a market for cruelty-free and make changes to their self brand no? I think it’s extremely naive of you and your company to think in this manner and to try and drag supporters in on your stupidity is outstanding to me.

    Also, if The Body Shop stopped being profitable for them they would get rid of it all together. Not sit there in the boardroom saying ‘Oh I know why no one is buying The Body Shop products, it’s because we’re not killing animals in the process of making the them, so lets start doing that’. L’Oreal would know exactly why people were boycotting, that would make them think a bit more to change their stance on the subject more so than them gaining profit. You surely are capable enough of coming up with a more effective idea to stop cruelty.

    “As we see it, as long as the products on their shelves are still cruelty-free, they deserve our support.”

    Oh, ok, so even though L’Oreal are killing animals, you don’t mind supporting and putting money into them so long as a small company they brought out has cruelty-free products on their shelves? Bunch of hypocrites!!

    You guys are unbelievable. Seriously questioning how ‘for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ you really are.

  24. avatar kelly monk says:

    i agree with the last comment. We need to keep buying from the body shop so we can sit back and know that animals are not been tested on. If they lose money then what is stopping them tesing body shop products on animals resulting in more suffering. Let scummy L oreal see that they are making a massive amount of money on cruelty free products and hopefully they will see the light and realise if they stop testing on animals they to will make more money because people like us will eventually buy there products. at least give it a try maby set yourself a time scale and if nothing changes by that time then boycott by all means but please dont cause any more suffering just yet.

  25. avatar Lucy says:

    All you are doing by buying “cruelty-free” Body Shop products is allowing the L’Oreal Group to have its cake and eat it too. It is making money from selling products through The Body Shop to people who “care” about animal testing AND making money by selling all its other products to people who don’t.

    The profits from The Body Shop ultimately go to the L’Oreal Group. The fact that no The Body Shop product is tested on animals is utterly undermined by the fact that buying those products benefits a group of companies who sell thousands of products that ARE tested on animals.

    I am completely disgusted by this partnership, as I am with WSPA’s with The Body Shop.

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