Victory! Companies Ban Badger-Hair Brushes After Shocking PETA Investigation

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After PETA shared a horrifying video exposé of China’s badger-hair brush industry, Procter & Gamble – which owns The Art of Shaving – quickly agreed to stop sourcing badger-hair brushes immediately.

Since hearing about PETA’s investigation, nearly 100 brands have said NO to this bloody business, including Edgewell Personal Care, the owner of brands such as Wilkinson Sword, Schick, and Skintimate.

See the full list here:

  • Baxter of California
  • Beau Brummell
  • Beauty4Pros
  • Bestt Liebco
  • Bevel
  • Bob Ross, Inc.
  • Bonanza
  • Braun Brush
  • Bulldog
  • Caswell-Massey
  • Claudio Riaz
  • Cremo
  • Crown
  • Czech & Speake
  • The Executive Shaving Co.
  • Fine Accoutrements
  • Floris London
  • FM Brush Company
  • French Kiss Cosmetics
  • Garden City Essentials
  • The Good Liver
  • Grooming Lounge
  • Jack Black
  • Kent Brushes
  • L’Oréal Group
  • LovelySkin
  • MinWax
  • Morphe
  • My Makeup Brushes
  • NARS Cosmetics
  • The New York Shaving Company
  • Olivina Men
  • Penhaligon’s
  • Personna
  • Phoenix Shaving
  • Pomades
  • Procter & Gamble (The Art of Shaving)
  • Prospector Co.
  • Purdy
  • Royal Brush Manufacturing
  • RoyalShave
  • Schick
  • SHANY Cosmetics
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Silver Brush Limited
  • Skintimate
  • The Stache
  • The Executive Shaving Co.
  • The Good Liver
  • The New York Shaving Company
  • The Stache
  • The Vermont Country Store
  • Unique Bargains
  • Universal Beauty
  • Valspar
  • Van Der Hagen
  • The Vermont Country Store
  • Wilde & Harte
  • Wilkinson Sword

Originally published September 24, 2018.

PETA’s investigation—which is the first of its kind and encompasses Chinese badger-hair farms and live markets visited as recently as August—shows workers beating crying badgers over the head with anything that they can find, including a chair leg, before slitting their throats.

PETA documented that one animal continued to move for a full minute after his or her throat was cut and that another was missing a foot, which the farm owner attributed to a fight with a badger caged nearby. Animals on the farms were held in tiny wire cages exposed to the elements, and the stressful conditions often led to injuries and severe psychological disorders.

Animals killed for their skin, fur, and hair value their own lives just as humans do and don’t want to die.

Humans may look different from badgers, but when it comes to important qualities, such as the ability to feel excitement, create family bonds, cherish life, and experience pain, we’re all the same.

Badgers are extremely social animals who, in nature, construct elaborate underground burrow systems, some of which are centuries old and have been inhabited by many generations of the same clan. They are fastidious and have separate rooms for sleeping and giving birth as well as designated outside “bathroom” areas. Just like humans, these living beings deserve to enjoy their complex lives as nature intended, not inside a filthy cage while awaiting a cruel and painful death.

You Can Help Save Badgers Right Now

There’s no reason to use animal-hair brushes, especially when so many high-quality alternatives are available. For the sake of badgers suffering on farms, please, buy only synthetic brushes.

Using our petition below, Dick Blick Art Materials to drop badger-hair brushes immediately in favor of cruelty-free synthetic ones: