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Peta has recognized those companies that put animal welfare first and has always maintained a long list of companies that have dropped tests on animals upon Peta’s request. Those companies have also enjoyed the support of Peta and the consumers have been proud to have done their bit by purchasing these cruel free products.



But recently lured by the prospective Chinese market a few companies have stepped away from the honor. Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder major cosmetic companies that have been topping the list have now gone back on their words to grab their chance at the Chinese market. The Chinese government grants permit only on those products that have been tested on animals.


The surprising factor is that when the Chinese government demanded for the animal testing Avon and Estée Lauder din’t even bother to urge the Chinese government for a discussion to bypass or find another possible way to prevent the animal testing. Mary Kay seemed to have been talks with the Chinese government. While probing over this issue Peta has decided to step them down from the non cruelty list of companies.


Peta has stepped in and is funding the efforts of  Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), which is putting together a coalition of corporate experts, providing training for scientists in China in the use of non-animal test methods, and working with officials there to promote the acceptance of non-animal methods that are used in the U.S., the European Union, and much of the world. But the happy fact is that there are still around 1000 cosmetic big shots still enjoying Peta’s support.

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