Estee Lauder, Avon & Mary Kay Still Do Animal Testing! Here’s Why.. (It’s not good)


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

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  • TheStarr51

    I will boycott Estee Lauder, Avon and Mary Kay. This practice has to stop.

  • mkpatterson1

    Boycotting and sharing, this is NOT OK, going backwards? Hope China is worth it.

  • Lori Nash

    I think Mary Kay ONLY halted animal testing in the US. I believe that in China, Mary Kay NEVER stopped its cruel testing on animals. Another reason to despise this MLM giant

  • Yvonne McFarlin

    Some of you may have seen or heard news coverage regarding a decision by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the animal activist organization, to change the status of Mary Kay and other cosmetics companies on its website, moving us from its list of “Companies That Do Not Test on Animals” to its list of “Companies That Do Test on Animals.” We want to be extremely clear about the facts and ensure you have all the information: Mary Kay is deeply committed to the elimination of animal testing and our actions and our record speak to that. We have been a longstanding leader on this issue. Our policy has not changed. Let us say again – we do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to do so on our behalf, except when absolutely required by law. There is only one country where we operate where that is the case and where we are required to submit our products for testing – China. You can be assured that none of the products you purchase in the United States (or Canada, Latin America, Europe and most all other Asian countries, for that matter) are tested on animals. For more than 20 years, we have been a global leader in the commitment to end animal testing. We are working very closely with the Chinese government to demonstrate that alternative testing methods ensure safe and effective products. In fact, Mary Kay is the first founding member of the International Outreach Consortium of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS), created to promote internationally the principles of non-animal safety testing. We are also creating the very first laboratory as part of the Key Laboratory for Research on Cosmetics Alternative Toxicology in China. This innovative lab will be instrumental in the evaluation, validation and, we hope the eventual acceptance and adoption of alternative testing methods. Along with being a leader in advocating for alternative testing methods and sponsoring an alternative testing laboratory in China, Mary Kay has also done the following:  Mary Kay was one of the first companies to meet with Chinese safety authorities to discuss alternative testing methods.  We sponsored an “Alternatives to Animal Experimentation for Cosmetics” conference in Beijing in April 2011 organized by the China Cosmetics Research Center in the Beijing Technology and Business University.  We were also one of the first companies to work directly with the dermatology experts used by the Chinese government in their review process of alternative testing in lieu of animal testing for cosmetic products. In fact, we sponsored a symposium for dermatologists in China on the use of human clinical methods for product safety in 2007.  We conducted an educational forum for the Chinese Society for Toxicology in 2009 to again share information on alternative testing methods.  Mary Kay is one of only two cosmetic companies listed as scientific contributors to the first book in Chinese describing alternative principles and applications.  We have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University. As you can see, finding alternatives to animal testing has, and will continue to be, a top priority for Mary Kay. You might be asking yourself, if this is such an important issue to Mary Kay, then why doesn’t the company simply leave China? There are several reasons. First, we have an impressive record encouraging the Chinese government to consider alternative testing methods. But, if we’re no longer doing business in China that means we’re no longer at the table and the Chinese government will not be interested in what we have to say. And, if we did leave that means this extremely important issue would be left to those who do not care as much or at all. We at Mary Kay are passionate about the elimination of animal testing and our actions and our record speak to that. That commitment has not changed or wavered and it never will.

  • TJW

    In short the $$ you earn in China is, in your view, worth torturing animals for vanity products. SAD!

  • :)

    So I know this is from two years ago but your comment compelled me to do a little rant!

    If it were MY company I would not sell in China while I work with the gov’t to convince them that animal testing is not necessary. I mean, there are still other countries to sell your products in, although I’m sure China is a large market. If something truly goes against MY values I would never allow it, even if it excluded some countries who require unethical practices. Even if it meant missing out on a lot of money. It is not always okay to do things just because you will make money by doing so. Saying that you are against something but then doing it just because you want to make more money is my view of what Mary Kay is doing, if what you say is true. Pretty lame, although it’s great that they’re at least trying to convince the gov’t it isn’t necessary. Way ahead of many other large corps. in my opinion…

    It’s just so sad because I have gotten to know a few bunnies in my day and they are such intelligent, sweet, interactive little souls. <3 I can't imagine treating them like this and what they must be thinking and how scared they must be…..the pain they go through. Bunnies are very sensitive to chemicals as well, so I'm sure they DO have uncomfortable or painful reactions to these strange chemicals. That's why they do not do well on GMO pesticide diets….they really need organic hay, fresh vegetables, herbs, and a little fruit here and there……wild foraging is best if u have an untreated yard blessed with medicinal herbs for them… Just breaks my heart…they should be outside in the sunshine doing bunny things, not trapped in a cage getting a concoction of chemicals smeared in their eyes and then killed once they're no longer "of use" to humans.

    I make my own make-up anyways as its the only true way to make sure its not tested on anything (except me), its organic, and eco-friendly. Instead of some weird, toxic eyeliner that may be testing on sentient beings and is horrible for the environment and our health, just make it. If it has to be tested then its too dangerous for my eyes. For example I mix coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and lots of black charcoal (or cocoa powder) on lowest heat just until it melts and I have eyeliner!!! These might seem expensive but if you're into natural health you usually have most on hand anyways. A tiny amount lasts me forever, actually it usually gets composted after since it only lasts 3-6 months (lasts longer refrigerated). You just have to be cleanly and wash the brush between uses. You can probably make anything you want in an organic, natural version…cover up, primer, eyeshadow, etc. It's actually fun 🙂