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.