Applaud Colgate-Palmolive’s Efforts to Get Rid of Animal Testing

Target: Ian M. Cook, CEO, Colgate-Palmolive

Goal: Praise company’s work to end animal testing by educating industry leaders and lobbying for regulatory change.

Colgate-Palmolive recently held a training course teaching humane methods of testing that do not involve animals. In partnership with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), the course, called Alternative Methods for Evaluation of Toxicity, presented two in vitro testing methods with international regulatory acceptance status to over 30 participants from industry and government. These new methods, if adopted, could help save millions of animals from the horrors of a test lab.

Cosmetics, household products, food, and drugs are often tested on animals. These tests can include forcing mice and rats to inhale toxic fumes, force-feeding pesticides to dogs, or dripping corrosive chemicals into the eyes of rabbits. The animals used in these tests can often be kept in cages for much of their lives, isolated and displaying signs of mental and emotional distress.

Colgate-Palmolive has been trying to break away from reliance on these cruel tests. The company has funded similar meetings in the past, and was involved in the founding of the IIVS Industry Council for the Advancement of Regulatory Acceptance of Alternatives (ICARAA), a key program helping the Chinese government find an alternative for mandatory cosmetic testing on animals. The company performs animal testing only when required by law, and is currently working to bring about regulatory change in the industry.

Colgate-Palmolive is one of few major companies spending corporate dollars for the good of animals. Sign the petition below to thank the company for its work so far and encourage its continued progress toward stopping animal testing completely.


Dear Mr. Cook,

Colgate-Palmolive, in partnership with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), recently hosted the Alternative Methods for Evaluation of Toxicity course which aims to educate industry leaders about humane alternatives to animal testing. This is in addition to several other efforts, including attempting to turn the Chinese government away from mandatory animal testing for cosmetic products.

Animals used in tests can be drugged, forced to eat pesticides, or have corrosive chemicals put onto their sensitive eyes. These cruel experiments must stop, and we applaud your efforts to fund research and help industry leaders transition to cruelty-free alternatives. Please keep working toward an end to animal testing everywhere.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Ask three things of a company: 1) Do any of your products contain any animal-derived ingredients? 2) Are your finished products tested on animals? 3) Are any of your products tested on animals at any point during development?

    For a complete list of cruelty-free beauty products (there are thousands), please visit,, or Thank you for caring!

  2. There is no way to justify animal testing and I believe that as a society, we can’t better ourselves until this cruel practice is abolished (and all other forms of animal abuse). Thank You for trying Colgate, not let’s do better. Please consider contacting your representative and supporting such acts such as the: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Let’s make this a better world for all!

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