In the late 80s and early 90s, PETA and other animal rights groups put so much pressure on cosmetic companies to stop testing their products on animals, that there was a bit of a break. That’s not to say that they all totally stopped, but there was a drastic reduction. For big companies like Estee Lauder, Avon, and Mary Kay they were “cruelty-free” for more than 20 years, but that is no longer the case.

Sadly, those companies have resumed testing on animals so that they can sell their products in China. Because, if you want to sell your products in China, the government (and China isn’t alone) requires and carries out, the testing. And of course they want to sell in China; they are one of the largest markets in the world, accounting for one fifth of global value growth in the market.

And let’s be clear about the testing done to them. Some of the tests for sensitivity involve smearing various chemicals into the eyes of rabbits. This makes me sick to even type but rabbits are a favorite for this type of test because they don’t have tear ducts and the products do not wash out. Even if the animals do survive the testing, they are almost always euthanized at the end. That’s not a life. Imagine, only being born so that someone can smear chemicals that make up some new red lipstick, into your eyes. Animals feel pain. It’s intolerably cruel.

We hope that if you feel moved to do so, that you will not only contact the customer relations departments of these companies and let your feelings be known, but that until they do stop this horrific practice, that you’ll boycott their brands as well. But remember, Estee Lauder, for instance, isn’t just selling products under that name, their group also includes: Aramis, Clinique, Origins, Le Labo, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer and Aveda. They are also the global licensee for fragrances and/or cosmetics sold under brand like Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tom Ford and Coach.

All my Health Nuts know the power in just one voice. So again, if you feel passionate about this topic, put your wallet where your heart is and spend your money on products from companies who don’t test on animals. To help you do that, PETA’s got a full list of companies who DO NOT TEST on animals.

Source: Elephant Journal