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L'Oréal Bans All Makeup Brushes Made With Animal Hair

Tori Crowther
·1-min read
European badger (Meles meles) foraging along animal trail / wildlife track in grassland at forest edge. (Photo by: Philippe Clement/Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
European badger (Meles meles) foraging along animal trail / wildlife track in grassland at forest edge. (Photo by: Philippe Clement/Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

L'Oréal Group is officially banning all makeup brushes made with animal hair. On 14 Jan. 2021, the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced that the cosmetics giant is banning all of its makeup brushes made from animal hair in a bid to make the brushes from all of the group's brands entirely cruelty-free. The announcement comes after PETA and 80,000 members of the public urged L'Oréal-owned male grooming brand, Baxter of California, to ban its well-known shaving brushes made from badger.

"Every badger or goat hair brush represents a sensitive animal who endured a violent death," said PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman. The move also comes after a PETA investigation found that badger and goat hair used for brushes caused significant distress and harm to the animals. If you want to read more about the harm caused to these animals for their hair to be used in these products, PETA UK has a more detailed explanation here.

"L'Oréal Group's compassionate decision will help PETA push the beauty and art industries to embrace synthetic brushes that don't harm a hair on a badger's head," Reiman added. With so many incredible quality cruelty-free brushes out there, it's never been easier to make the switch to synthetic.