After
two decades of touting their “no animal testing” policies, Avon,
Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay have quietly resumed paying for cruel tests on animals—without letting consumers know
about this stunning about-face. After confirming with each company that
chemicals are being dripped into rabbits’ eyes and that substances are being rubbed
onto animals’ skin because of requirements of the Chinese government in order
to market products in that country, PETA has downgraded the companies to our “do test” list

All three
companies were among the first large international cosmetics manufacturers to ban
all tests on animals after being targeted by PETA. Avon was the first in 1989, following
PETA’s “Avon Killing” campaign, a play on the company’s then-slogan “Avon
Calling.” Mary Kay came next, after being publicly lampooned by cartoonist
Berkeley Breathed
in a series called The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos
in his hilarious Bloom County
comic strip. Estée Lauder soon followed suit.

For
each test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal methods are available. Mary Kay
had taken steps to
work with Chinese officials on the acceptance of these tests, but Avon and Estée
Lauder seem to have agreed to the tests without objection. PETA has jump-started
the effort for non-animal test validation by awarding a grant to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is working with scientists
and regulatory bodies to replace animal tests in China.  

Please let Avon,
Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay know that you won’t buy their products
until they are 100 percent cruelty-free once again. Fortunately for animals, you
can still choose from more than 1,000 companies in PETA’s online searchable database of cosmetics and
personal-care companies that don’t harm animals at home or abroad.

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Article source: PETA Files

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