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Cosmetics Company Refuses to Come Clean About Paying for Cruel and Deadly Animal Tests in China
For Immediate Release:September 4, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
New York -- Is Revlon paying for tests that poison
animals in China? The cosmetics giant has refused to answer this question,
despite repeated attempts by PETA to uncover the truth. Now, Revlon has to
contend with PETA as a stockholder.
The animal rights group has purchased stock in the New
York–based company, which will allow PETA to attend annual shareholder meetings
and submit resolutions calling for transparency in Revlon's animal testing
policies. The company's refusal to state whether it is paying for these deadly
tests—which the Chinese government currently requires for almost all cosmetics
products marketed there—recently knocked Revlon off PETA's list
of companies that do not test on animals, where it had been for decades.
"Since Revlon won't come clean to consumers, maybe
it'll answer a shareholder," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy
Reiman. "If the company is breaking its 1989 ban on poisoning animals, we
will find out in the boardroom, if necessary, and then shout it from the rooftop."
Companies whose decision to pay for animal tests in China
caused them to backslide off PETA's list of cruelty-free companies include
Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder. Paul Mitchell and Urban Decay, by contrast,
have publicly refused to market in China as long as animal tests are required
Animals used in cosmetics tests have harsh chemicals dripped
into their eyes and rubbed into their raw, abraded skin. When the experiments
are over, the animals are killed. Non-animal tests are cheaper, faster, and more
reliable. Scientists partially funded by PETA are currently working with the
Chinese government to have these superior, cruelty-free tests accepted in
China, where the country's approval of the first non-animal tests for cosmetics
ingredients is pending.
For more information, please visit PETA's
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