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China to Approve Non-Animal Cosmetics Test

Written by PETA | May 7, 2012

Thanks to guidance from PETA-funded scientists, Chinese officials are now in the final stages of approving the country’s first non-animal testing method for cosmetics ingredients.


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The 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, which tests chemicals for their potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight—and which is already in widespread use in the U.S. and the E.U.—is expected to be accepted in China by late summer.

Last summer, when we discovered that China was requiring animal tests for cosmetics to be funded by cosmetics companies—including Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay, which for years had been on PETA’s list of companies that don’t test cosmetics on animals—PETA awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences. These scientists traveled to China several times to offer their expertise and guidance in replacing animal-based tests—which are cruel and unreliable—with non-animal alternatives.

PETA is delighted to have helped jump-start the acceptance of non-animal tests in China and congratulates Chinese officials for acting swiftly to implement the first in a wide range of non-animal tests!

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  • Jean says:

    @ T, it’s because of advertising. Studies show that consumers are drawn to the next big thing. Existing brands have to keep adding new ingredients or achieving new / different effects (or at least advertise that they have) so that they can keep the image of being on the cutting edge. Every time you see something claiming it’s a new formula, or “now with” whatever, they’ve had to test that new version out before they can sell it. Anyone who truly cares about animals should just boycott every cosmetic company that is NOT specifically vegan. Buy from veganessentials.com and places like it. It’s true, the makeup’s a bit more expensive. But nothing suffered for it! This is a classic case of cheap / convenient for people vs. animal suffering.

  • margo says:

    I see no reason at all to test on animals at all,most things that are tested are safe in the first place,as I have always said that certain scientists do rigorous testing just because the government is paying out to them,thinking that it is for required testing or is important or relevant.But most is not and most is for somethings that have been known to be safe entirely.Some are for non essential tings and some is for menial things and things that are for things been tested time and again..ALL SICK and we have computer modules for most things and so a living animal being poisoned,burned maimed,electricuted,blinded deprived of love or light or family or sewn all without anaesthetic is a horror I wouldnt want happening to me or anyone,let alone innocent creatures who do not use none of the stuff humans do.ITS CRUEL AND INHUMANE AND UNNECESSARY AND government funded because its not regulated properly,animals are used barbarically not even looked after properly and deserve no one doing these disgusting things anymore.Havent we enough crap to use without more..

  • T says:

    I know this may sound thick but if the products have already sold in their millions around the world (USA etc) can’t the Chinese just accept that they are safe, if nothing’s happened to the millions of europeans and Americans using them why do they need to see what effect it has non a rabbit????? Hate animal testing, absolutely ashamed of the human race.

  • Kumar says:

    sure animal testing is cruel but what else can we do? test on people? which is worse

  • RottwielersWoofWoof says:

    can we physically stop animal testing?

  • Debby rodrigues says:

    Why are we making cosmetics in CHINA

  • ISabelle says:

    Hi! So what is the update? I just read this and I am so sad

  • Karen says:

    I am so disgusted that Estee and Avon have lied. I didn’t know. I had started selling Avon, but will stop immediately. What companies will do for money; their ethics go right out the window when it comes to making a profit.

  • Tracy Light says:

    It’s disgusting that these companies have lied..At least China are doing something to stop animal testing – just sad for the animals that it’s come too late for.

  • Marion Wilson says:

    I received an email from Mary Kay stating they ‘had no choice’ – of course they had a choice, they had a choice to not subject animals to torture and not lie to their loyal customers. I am a student and have relied on Avon and Revlon for years. I don’t know where I will go for cheap makeup now, I’m so angry to have been lied to.

  • leslie roberts says:

    Please help get the new tv show the Yukon men taken down!! they are tortureing and killing animals on every show. We need to go after the sponsors and the network!! They are the worst of the worst.. They dont have to live in such a bad inviroment and kill animals!! they should all be put into there own traps and be left in the forest!! Leslie Roberts

  • Lynne says:

    What an achievement with China! Peta saving more animals. Fantastic. Its a pity one of the first things David Cameron did was arrange to send UK pigs to China with their disgraceful record of animal cruelties, so he sends ours there to suffer more than they already do. Nice man.

  • Julie Ritson says:

    Maybe the Chinese should stop skinning animals alive as well…

  • Darla Hill says:

    I work for a Large Cosmetic company and although we don’t test on animal’s I was aware that the 3 Avon, Estee Lauder and Mary Kay had started again for the Chinese Market…. I wrote an email to all 3 about how I felt and how the Chinese Market was Wrong!!!! Thank God they will not demand this now as it is so Cruel…. Loreal still does it so urge everyone not to buy them!!!!!

  • RW says:

    This is GREAT news! I hope China follows through, but there is still work to do. Plenty of companies still test on animals, even in the US where it is not required.

  • Mel says:

    well done PETA, you do such great work. I love being Vegan, nothing i eat wear or use, has come through a animal suffering. and feel so healthy.

  • Frans Badenhorst says:

    halleluja

  • valhalla says:

    To Mopps Mum,sorry -Avon was found out-lying for years about not testing on animals,I used to tell their Avon ladies as Avon wasn’t in the Leaping Bunny book (NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS)I wouldn’t buy from them ,I even had one of their representatives -ring me to assure me they didn’t test on animals ,they have since admitted they -lied,and they were going to allow China to test on the animals to obtain the Chinese market -they -lied -once -they will again if it warrants it.

  • valhalla says:

    To Mopps Mum,sorry -Avon was found out-lying for years about not testing on animals,I used to tell their Avon ladies as Avon wasn’t in the Leaping Bunny book (NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS)I wouldn’t buy from them ,I even had one of their representatives -ring me to assure me they didn’t test on animals ,they have since admitted they -lied,and they were going to allow China to test on the animals to obtain the Chinese market -they -lied -once -they will again if it warrants it.