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Good Day for Bunnies: China Explores Cruelty-Free Options

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | June 19, 2014

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Great news out of China! Last week, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS)—the global leader in training scientists in the use of non-animal test methods—signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese officials to provide training and guidance in replacing inhumane poisoning tests on animals with better, kinder animal-free methods.

This agreement is an important step in the effort to end the killing of animals for cosmetics testing in China—a practice that PETA exposed in 2012. When we first learned that some formerly cruelty-free companies—including Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay—were (oh so quietly) paying for animals to be tested on in China in order to market their products, we provided funding to the IIVS to begin working with Chinese officials in order to put an end to these inhumane and unreliable product tests. IIVS scientists have provided training at universities and guided government officials who are formulating a five-year plan to replace animal tests with non-animal methods.

PETA has also provided Chinese scientists learning how to use non-animal test methods with a grant to purchase laboratory equipment and to come to the U.S. for some intense training in this advanced cruelty-free science.

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  • If these companies worked with PETA to stop their tests, then they could finally be cruelty free!

  • I wont be buying Revlon. Cover girl. No avon no mary kay..

  • Mrs Susan frudd says:

    I do not want animals to suffer because I want to use cosmetics and avoid buying from companies that test on animals. I agree with a previous comment don’t buy Proctor and Gamble products they are most certainly not animal friendly in anyway..

  • Misha says:

    Thanks PETA for naming names. I wish you’d do it on all of your sites in order to ban the guilty companies from our daily life.

  • Mrs. Jane Rita says:

    “IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE CREATURES, WE MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF JUSTICE.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

  • ans rietjens says:

    STOP now the horror with animals! Let your heart speak and be human. The animals have suffer enough!!!

  • Becca says:

    I have been researching other companies for years. I emailed Almay about a year ago to make sure they were still cruelty free. They told me that they used another firm in China that could possibly test on animals. So I stopped shopping from Almay. I have many options on Vitacost’s website.
    My favorite options include: BWC (beauty without cruelty) , Alba botanica (face wash and lotion) kiss my face (vitamin c), reviva labs (rosewater face wash and others), CSI, and Andalou (masks)
    My advice is to go with a company that is against animal testing. I get many compliments on my skin, so they must be doing something right ;)
    All companies should be cruelty free . There is no reason to use testing. Check into alternatives that actually work.
    Becca

  • Follow Lush’s example – test on humans not animals!!!!

  • Diedra Bayne says:

    Great news!! A massive step in the right direction. Kudos to the Chinese officials who signed this agreement! Thank you

  • Maise Li says:

    In this day and age, there is NO need for animal-testing on cosmetic.There are so much alternative technology out there to not have to test on animals. Until the the likes of Revlon and Avon learn that people are NOT for animal-testing, I am sticking to brands e.g. Tarte and Kiss My Face, that don’t. Simple as that.

  • Debra says:

    I wont be buying revlon or estee lauder not spending my money on these companies that are supporting cruelty to animals.

  • tina morgan says:

    please dont do this we mean it Dont hurt animals just dont

  • Patricia says:

    Don’t use any products from Procter & Gamble. They are noted for still animal testing on their drugs and of all things (ironically!) pet food!

  • Elaine thomas says:

    Now how about china giving up cruelty to cats and dogs and stop submitting them to such cruel acts of abuse and slaughter and then eating them!!!!!!

  • Krystal says:

    About time, what the hell are they waiting for
    STOP testing on animals now

  • No Revlon, Cover Girl, Avon, or Mary Kay until proved animal-testing free!

  • tammie says:

    did not know all these companies were involved. Will not be using them for sure now.

  • Wilmayra says:

    Que felicidad, esto parece un final feliz en una película. Esto es demasiada alegría para mi corazón. Gracias a todos quienes lucharon y lograron esta bendición.

  • Rose Hunter says:

    THANK YOU Peta for showing US ALL… WHAT DISGUSTING COMPANIES ARE DOING THIS INHUMANE ACTS TO THESE HELPLESS ANIMALS..I WILL SHOW ALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THEIR VOICE!

  • nurse beth says:

    Never bought any product tested on animals. Keep up the work exposing this “dirty little secret”. I donate every month just for these reasons.

  • So happy! Another amazing progress only possible because of your unstoppable work against animal exploitation. I thank you with all my heart in the name of them.

  • gayatri says:

    what i can do to stop this? i wanna stop this at once

  • tina says:

    Its about time

  • Karla Botha says:

    This is absolutely fantastic news!! Great work PETA! – but even if Avon and the other companies go cruelty free I still would not support them. No one should ever forget what was done for financial gain. In my eyes companies like that should be shut down! The life of a single animal is worth more than those companies combined!

  • Barbara Paz says:

    Thank you PETA.

  • Now if only China would shut down the dog killing plants and end the dog meat industries, then they might get abit more respect from people!!!

  • Gail Stanton says:

    Thank you PETA again just had everyone I know cancel our Mary Kay orders was not aware and now we are and spreading the news fast!!! Letting them know how we feel about it also!

  • Jenna says:

    This is excellent news!! I’ve had to stop buying Mac & Caudalie for this reason. I will not buy them again until I hear this has stopped and likely wait for the ‘green light’ from you. THANK YOU PETA!

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