NAVS recently learned that cosmetics companies Estee Lauder, Avon, and Mary Kay, thought to be long-standing “cruelty-free” companies because of their “no testing on animals” policies, actually do participate in animal testing. These companies market their products in China and are required by the Chinese government to fund animal tests there. These companies have been doing business in China for some time. In light of this new information, we have demoted the status of Estee Lauder, Avon, and Mary Kay on our website product testing lookup from “Cruelty Free” to “Tester.”
It should be noted that some cosmetics companies are working with scientists and regulatory authorities in China to discuss cruelty-free testing methods. A more thorough discussion will be published soon in NAVS Science Corner. The ultimate goal of this effort is for China’s regulatory agencies to adopt these alternative methodologies. NAVS supports this initiative and we will continue to update you on any progress made in this area.
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