Student Union free samples labelled as not cruelty-free

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Free samples provided by the University of Stirling’s Student Union have been labelled with notes stating that the brands are not cruelty-free.

One note read, “L’Oreal and Garnier test on animals”, with another stating “Animal tested”. The notes were left anonymously.

The boxes left by the Union provided free samples of L’Oreal and Garnier products for students to take.

A Union spokesperson commented: “The Union regularly receives sample items to distribute to students as is the case with the recent offer of products from L’Oreal.

“Mindful of the current cost of living and noting L’Oreal’s stated commitment to animal free testing, these items were provided free for students to take should they wish.”

While L’Oreal states they “do not test on animals” and “care for animal welfare”, multiple sites say this isn’t true.

Cruelty Free Kitty, a site that has verified over 1000 brands to help people shop cruelty-free, claims: “L’Oréal is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party.

“Brands who fall under this category could also be selling products where animal testing is required by law.”

They state that Garnier, despite their parent company being L’Oreal, “has confirmed that it is truly cruelty-free. They don’t test finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-parties. They also don’t sell their products where animal testing is required by law.”

The Student Union said: “In light of the feedback highlighted, we have withdrawn the offer of products and will follow up directly with the supplier.”

Feature Image Credit: Brig Newspaper

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