Despite consistent claims that Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay have halted the use of animal testing in their product development, the three companies have been found to be doing first-hand testing on animals in China.
Chinese laws dictate that all cosmetics sold must pass a series of animal tests before they are to be marketed. The tests all have alternative non-animal methods available, and Mary Kay has been working with the Chinese government to take steps towards the acceptance of these tests. The company still accepted using animal testing.
Avon and Estee Lauder meanwhile didn’t even complain, and got straight to the business of torturing animals as if they’d never claimed otherwise.
We have highlighted before the extent to which companies will to try to cover up their use of animal testing, or their use of animal tested ingredients (a big thanks to Uncaged). However, this is a whole new level of deceit.
Despite having consistently benefitted off of animal tested ingredients, Estee Lauder and Avon have always been adamant that they have halted the use of animal testing for their own benefit.
However, with this latest discovery regarding their use of animal testing in China, Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay are guilty of straight-up lying to their customers. Anyone will tell you that deceiving customers is one of the most damaging things a business can do.
And why would these companies do this? Profits, plain and simple. China is a huge market which is irresistable, and the idea of extra profits has these companies walking straight over their integrity in order to get to a piece of the pie.
Avon has also routinely been utilising toxicity tests on animals and covering them up. They have explained that utilising toxicity tests has allowed them to bring new and innovative products onto the market. New products = more profit, and animals better not get in the way.
The deceit that goes on surrounding animal testing is disgusting. Customers very rarely approve of animal testing cosmetics. The result is that companies have to find elaborately worded sentences to cover up their usage. They hide their true intents behind semantics.
Anyone who’s ever emailed a company guilty for animal testing will know this. It’s not uncommon to receive an email that is several paragraphs long, which basically states ‘we don’t like animal testing, but we gotta do it!’
As Dr Dan Lyons of Uncaged quite rightly states:
‘Sadly, these large animal testing companies appear to have a policy of systematically misleading consumers rather than responding to their overwhelming opposition to gratuitous cruelty to animals. Given that a large majority of people are opposed to these tests, we believe that we are witnessing a multimillion pound fraud as consumers purchase products on the basis of deceptive claims about their provenance.‘
My advice is to stay safe. Don’t trust any company that says it doesn’t test on animals in a vaguely worded statement, or a company that’s response to the question ‘do you test on animals?’ is longer than the word ‘no.’
Look out for the BUAV bunny logo, or the vegan society logo to ensure a trustworthy company.
The plus-side to this is that hopefully this discovery will result in other companies coming clean about their exploits with animal abuse, such as L’Oreal, Chanel, and Clinique – all of whom thinly disguise animal testing.