PETA is calling for their supporters to boycott Avon and Estee Lauder make-up products ever since finding out they are using animal testing.
These companies have been "cruelty-free" for years now, decades even.
But it's recently been found out that in certain Asian countries, by law, the companies are forced to pay for additional safety testing, some of which has to be done on animals.
An Avon spokesperson said:
"Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency.
In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data.
When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. In 2011, this affected three tenths of one percent of Avon’s products.
There have been some incorrect and misleading claims made by animal rights organizations. Avon neither conducts nor requests animal testing."
An Estee Lauder spokesperson said:
"More than 20 years ago, we were one of the first companies to end animal testing to substantiate the safety of our products.
We would like to confirm that our commitment to end animal testing everywhere has not changed. Our products are not tested on animals except when absolutely mandated by law.
We are committed to the universal acceptance of non-animal test methods with the goal of eliminating animal testing.
We will continue to invest in scientific research to promote acceptance of non-animal test methods by authorities around the world."
Hmm. Seems like a tough one.
Is this a loop hole? Or should they just stop selling their products in those countries?
That might get the countries to reconsider their animal testing policies.
All we know is animal testing is wrong and hope someone does something to stop it.
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