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. Caroline Dinnage says:

    That’s it, they are the only toothpaste I will use now. I am so impressed with what they are trying to do.
    Re the Chinese market, that is a joke! They murder & eat practically every animal going yet they want their make up tested on yet more poor creatures before using it!!!

  2. I will be happier and hold off on buying their products when it is, in fact, 100% free of animal testing or animal products.

  3. thank god there are people out there that are making changes for the animals god bless you

  4. Siempre evito comprar productos testados en animales, por eso no compraba ésta marca, pero empezaré a usar su pasta dental. Gracias!!!

  5. Andy Rawlinson says:

    Used Palmolive and Colgate for years didn’t know you tested in past

    I can have that on my conscience now for using your products

    But good news you are stopping the cruelty now at least

    Consumers don’t want testing

    You have tested your established products by years of. Human use so no need to test

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    At the risk of being sarcastic, I don’t mean it to be but I believe it when I see it❗️😑
    Signed & shared. 😏

  7. I won’t sign this until Colgate-Palmolive stops animal testing altogether! There are quite a number of companies which are already cruelty-free, among them being Tom’s (and others for oral care) and Method and Seventh Generation (and others for dish-washing detergents). There is no need whatsoever to buy Colgate-Palmolive at this time. Furthermore, if this company is still marketing its products in China, shame on them! There are a myriad of companies which have made the compassionate choice to pull out of the Chinese market, and remain cruelty free. Boycott Colgate-Palmolive until they are cruelty-free!

  8. The company still cruelly tests their products on animals. It can sponsor as many courses as it wants but until the products become cruelty free, the animals still suffer.
    No thank you.

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