(ANIMAL TESTING) For more than 20 years, Mary Kay, Estée Lauder, and Avon have been a few of the largest mainstream cosmetic companies on PETA’s cruelty-free lists. However, these cosmetic giants are now under fire for severely, and some say intentionally, misleading the public. As the Chinese government currently requires animal testing for cosmetics sold in China, PETA discovered that all three companies are, in fact, paying for animal testing.
Make your voice heard: take action by submitting a letter letting these beauty giants know, concealed or not, animal testing is ugly. — Global Animal
Animal testing in the cosmetic industry often involves product or indgredient testing on rabbits, but also mice, rats, and other animals. Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

MailOnline, Maysa Rawi

Peta is calling on supporters to boycott Avon and Estée Lauder after discovering the cosmetic giants are paying for animal testing.

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed on their website today that the skincare brands are no longer ‘cruelty-free’ as they are being forced to follow regulations enforced by the Chinese government.

U.S. brand Mary Kay was also included in the list of companies that are said to harm animals in the Asian country.

Avon, which recently hired Alesha Dixon as the face, branded the claims ‘misleading’ but admit some products are forced to undergo additional testing which may be required by law.

A spokesman said: ‘Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes

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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 organisations. Avon neither conducts nor requests animal testing.’

Estée Lauder also issued a statement.

A spokesman told MailOnline: ‘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.’

Both brands have been ‘cruelty-free’ for two decades following campaigns by Peta in the late 80’s.

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