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After PETA’s massive campaign two decades ago, Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder ended all tests on animals, but now we have learned that recently, all three companies have been paying for tests on animals at the request of the Chinese government—and that they did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed. We have no choice but to downgrade them by placing them on our list of companies that do test on animals.
Countless rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other animals suffer and die every year in cruel and pointless product tests. They have chemicals rubbed into their eyes and onto their raw skin, and they die alone and in pain. As a consumer, these animals need YOU to support companies that don’t perform—or pay others to perform—cruel tests and to ask those that do to stop.
When we learned that the Chinese government requires tests on animals before many cosmetics products can be marketed in China, we immediately contacted all three companies. While we understand that China is an enormous market that these companies aren’t willing to ignore, we had hoped they would take action to eliminate this requirement or push for non-animal test methods to be accepted. Mary Kay has taken some steps to work with officials in China and, at our urging, promised to continue this effort—but Avon and Estée Lauder appear to have gone along with the painful animal tests without objection.
To end these painful tests, PETA is financially supporting the efforts of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), which is putting together a coalition of scientific experts, providing training in non-animal test methods for scientists in China, and working with officials there to promote the acceptance of the more humane testing methods used in the U.S. and Europe.
SPEAK UP! Let Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder know that you are disappointed in their backsliding and that you will no longer buy the companies’ products as long they are tested on animals!
Please send polite comments to:
Ms. Sherilyn McCoy
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