UPDATE: Unfortunately, PETA did not get the response they were hoping for at the 2013 Revlon, Inc. Annual Meeting of Stockholders. After the meeting, PETA’s Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations, Kathy Guillermo, released the following statement:
“After years of dancing around the issue, Revlon CEO Alan Ennis finally told the whole truth: Revlon does sell in countries that require tests on animals, and the company complies with those regulations. Despite years of portraying itself as a cruelty-free company, Revlon now essentially admits its commitment to profits outweighs its commitment to consumers who want products that come without a death toll. The company has admitted that it will continue to do business in countries where animals are blinded, burned, and killed in tests that are illegal in Europe and Israel and have been abandoned in much of the rest of the world. PETA recommends that consumers visit PETA.org for a list of more than 1,300 companies that refuse to conduct or support tests on animals in any way.”
(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Today, PETA will attend the 2013 Revlon, Inc. Annual Meeting of Stockholders to ask the makeup brand to stop selling its products to China, where animal testing is required for cosmetic goods. Amanda Nordstrom, a research associate for PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department, will be PETA’s spokesperson at the meeting and will ask the cosmetics company to make the commitment to end sales in China. After learning that Revlon has been paying for tests on animals, PETA purchased enough Revlon stock to allow attendance at Revlon’s annual meetings. Keep reading for more on this crucial affair and Nordstrom’s actual statement that will be used at the meeting. — Global Animal
PETA will attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Revlon, Inc., on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Revlon Research Center in Edison, New Jersey, to ask the company to end sales in China, where tests on animals are required for cosmetics products.
When the meeting is opened to questions from the floor, Amanda Nordstrom, a research associate with PETA’s Laboratory Investigations Department, will make the following statement:
For more than two decades, Revlon portrayed itself to PETA and to millions of consumers as a company whose products were not tested on animals. During all this time, Revlon enjoyed and benefited from PETA’s support and our promotion of Revlon products to women around the world. Revlon betrayed that trust. In 2012, PETA found that Revlon has been selling its products in China, where tests on animals are required for cosmetics. When we questioned the company about this, Revlon repeatedly refused to answer our questions about whether it has been secretly paying for tests on animals. Your commitment to profit is obvious. Your commitment to consumers who care about cruelty-free products has been revealed as a sham. On behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, I ask Revlon to end sales in China in order to spare animals who continue to be killed in cruel tests. Will Revlon make this commitment?
After PETA discovered that Revlon was paying for tests on animals, the group purchased just enough Revlon stock to allow attendance at annual meetings. PETA plans to introduce a shareholder’s resolution next year, after the group has held the stock for a year.
To learn more about companies that refuse to answer PETA’s questions or that mislead consumers, please click here. As you’ll see, Revlon has top billing.