Stop Keeping Sheep in Sweltering Heat to Cruelly Harvest Their Secretions

Target: David S. Taylor, Chairman, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble

Goal: Demand the personal care industry stop profiting from products originating in horrendously abusive living conditions.

Domesticated sheep are continually bred for the sole purpose of extracting their lanolin. Ironically, the very substance meant to shield these living beings from harsh environmental factors and protect them from premature death will ultimately lead them into a life of cruel mistreatment and eventual senseless slaughter. What if the entire value of your life was measured by your sweat? What if ‘caretakers’ raised you in sweltering heat for the sole purpose of gathering your body’s secretions? And what if once you had given these caretaker’s their ‘gold,’ you were sent to your unforgiving death? This tragic existence is not a ‘what-if’ scenario for untold numbers of living beings. Rather, it represents tragic reality.

Lanolin, a greasy, wax-like substance, comes from the sebaceous glands of sheep and seeps into the animal’s wool, where it is recovered following sheep shearing. Touted for its moisturizing qualities, the substance and its derivatives are a common fixture in a wide swath of beauty, skin care, and hair care products. Despite frequent concerns about its allergic properties and potential pesticide dangers, use of lanolin in moisturizing products remains widespread.

Many companies profit from inhumane practices surrounding lanolin. Skin care product manufacturer Olay stands in a unique position, however, because its very name derives from the word lanolin: a prominent ingredient in Olay’s original line of products. Even today, PEG 75 Lanolin is widely used in many of the company’s products.

Sign this petition and urge Procter & Gamble, the primary owner of the Olay brand, to help halt cruelties instigated by lanolin extraction by considering more humane ingredient alternatives.


Dear Chairman Taylor,

Beauty is a business, but it should never be a business branded in literal blood and sweat. Your brand Olay’s very name originates from a product that has led to the abuse and ultimate death of millions of animals. This is the untold price of lanolin.

Every year, sheep are raised in oppressive, overheated conditions that would get most factories immediately shut down. These living beings endure a life of unimaginable cruelty so that we can reap the benefits of their body’s natural protective mechanisms. Although it is often claimed that no animals die as a result of lanolin extraction, the harsh truth is that these sheep face slaughter the moment they become ‘non-productive.’ This is akin to ‘retiring’ our nation’s elderly to death camps.

Humane alternatives to lanolin do exist, such as booda butter. Consider different ingredients that do not come with the price tag of an innocent animal’s life. As a leader in the skin care and beauty industry, start a different, more truthful dialogue that includes lanolin’s oft-discussed potential dangers to humans… and its far-too-little discussed affronts to animal welfare.

Many organizations proudly proclaim their cruelty-free policies, and now is the time for Olay to answer its competitors in kind.


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Photo Credit: Michael Maggs

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  1. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Shocked as well. Never knew this was the process for Lanolin…How disgusting! Never touch the stuff ever. Shame on them.

  2. what the hell is wrong with your country to allow this cruelty Proctor and Gamble shame shame on your for this cruelty

  3. I will tell everyone within speaking distance that your company is VILE AND MONSTROUS! I would love to see P&G go broke from the public outcry against such disgusting practices!

  4. Jaime Perez Jaime Perez says:

    Another horrible form of treatment to animals just so humans can benefit! It’s disgusting and heinous. When will it stop?!

  5. Nooshin Perla says:

    Gees, damn, stupid, greedy sick people. I wish and pray to see the they that you damn sh.. pay for what you do!!!!!!! That would be HEAVEN!

  6. Nooshin Perla says:

    The hell with Olay’s junk!!! People my friends, you can find everything out there that are not made with torturing these wonderful creatures. Please ask around, and look at the containers for the picture oaf rabbit or will say no testing on animals. You can find makeup, soap, shampoo, dish soap or hand soap almost everything you need. Lets make these heartless money hungry lose their business and go broke!!!!

  7. Haven’t bought anything using animal co-products (a more accurate term than “by-products”) for decades now because in this world you can be CERTAIN that any animal exploited for a man-made product is subjected to intense suffering, then death. And of course Proctor & Gamble has classically been one of THE WORST torturers of animals ALL ALONG, including vile animal testing. I hope I live long enough to see the day when this horrendous company goes belly-up from consumer power saying NO to everything they make!!!

    People, look for the “Leaping Bunny” icon/certification on products, or don’t buy it.

  8. the mankind is hell for animals
    And the greed for money is the death for the animals
    In what kind of world do we live

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