Animal Welfare and Alternatives
P&G strongly believes that ending animal testing is a benefit for all: consumers, animal welfare advocates, and industry. Our goal is to stop animal testing completely. We are fully committed and passionate about our goal and believe the only way to stop animal testing is to develop alternatives. Alternatives help us to innovate more ethically and tend to be cheaper and more effective means to assess ingredient safety. We are proud of the work that we have led in finding alternatives. We have developed more than 50 non-animal testing methods and invested more than $330 million in research and development in finding these alternatives. We have also published our results so that others can benefit from our research. This practice has eliminated the need for re-testing and has reduced significantly the need for others in the industry to use animals in research. Today, we complete more than 99% of all safety evaluations without testing on animals. The remaining tiny percentage comes from studies required by law or because of legally obligated safety requirements where no alternatives are available yet.
We are passionate about continuing our progress in alternatives to research involving animals, so that animal testing can be eliminated. Highlights of our progress include:
- We are a widely respected leader in developing alternatives to animal testing.
- We actively share our discoveries so that others can benefit from our progress; our work has appeared in more than 1,000 scientific publications.
- Our focus on developing non-animal test methods has led to even more predictive approaches using human cell lines, genomics, and the latest in computer modeling and informatics.
- We collaborate with universities, scientists from other companies, governments and scientifically engaged animal welfare groups to develop and promote acceptance of alternative test methods and change regulations that still require testing with animals.
For more information, please read our Animals in Research Policy Brochure [PDF]