Grrrrrr…Soap Box Time!


*yanks open the closet door, pulls out the soap box and slides it into the middle of the room.  Checking to be sure  my shoe strings are tied so I don’t trip and fall off the darn thing, I jump up on the soap box, it is time for me to rant*

I have a bunny in my verbal cross hairs today, she calls herself the Beauty Bunny, and frankly I am of the opinion that her brain is all of about the size of a rabbits.  She seems to think that Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder are all “secretly paying for tests on animals in China”.  First, if it’s a secret just how does she know this?  PETA that’s how.  No, not People for the Eating of Tasty Animals, that would be the PETA I would be a member of!  A proud one. Meat is dinner especially when paired with a good side dish.  But I’m digressing.  This would be the folks all about ethical treatment of animals.  I’m all about not being cruel in our treatment of animals, my pets are rescue only, but these people are liars and sensationalists.  And if she is promoting what PETA says without checking her facts, this bunny is, in my opinion, also a liar and sensationalist.  I don’t care how award winning she might be, those giving her awards should be ashamed for awarding a liar.  I commented on her post (I’ll be #5) though I doubt she will post my comment because I don’t see a single one of the 4 calling her out for not posting the facts.  SO, I’ll do that here.

Here is what PETA says recently about these 3 makeup companies, a quote from their website:

“When we learned that the Chinese government requires tests on animals before many cosmetics products can be marketed in China, we immediately contacted all three companies. While we understand that China is an enormous market that these companies aren’t willing to ignore, we had hoped they would take action to eliminate this requirement or push for non-animal test methods to be accepted. Mary Kay had taken some steps to work with officials in China, and at our urging, promised to continue this effort—but Avon and Estée Lauder appear to have gone along with the painful animal tests without objection.” 

You can read that for yourself at PETA.ORG

Now...it is a blatant lie.  Avon has not gone along with this without objection.  And they are not keeping a secret that there is indeed animal testing REQUIRED BY SOME COUNTRIES for ALL cosmetics of ANY brand sold in those countries.  AVON posted on a publicly accessible website for the whole world to see, Avon has addressed this:

“Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency. In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data. When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. In 2011, this affected three tenths of one percent of Avon’s products. “(emphasis mine)

Avon marketed 9000 products in 2011 to over 100 countries.  Of those 9000 products, 0.3% were required by law in other countries to be tested by animal.  Do the math, that is 27 of 9000 products that Avon could not persuade the authorities of those countries to accept non-animal test data.  Is it 27 too many? Of course it is!  But Avon is still actively, despite what PETA and bunny britches would have you believe, trying to get around that for those remaining 27.

Here is the Avon side of the story, I am copying and pasting it, but please go read it yourself and know the truth! By the way, take note, my breast cancer research support pals, that Avon has raised over $740 million toward the cause and DOES NOT FUND MEDICAL RESEARCH UTILIZING ANIMALS.  If they won’t do it to save human lives, do you really think they’d secretly do it to test makeup???

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Avon Products, Inc. & Consumer Safety: Commitment to Science…Respect for Animal Welfare

Click here for a pdf of this statement.

The safety of our consumers is of primary concern to Avon. We are committed to selling only safe products, using only safe ingredients in our cosmetics products and complying with applicable regulations in the more than 100 countries in which Avon products are sold. Within this commitment, we also have a deep respect for animal welfare.

  • In June 1989 Avon announced a permanent end to animal testing of our products, including testing done in outside laboratories. Avon was the first major cosmetic company in the world to end animal testing.
  • For more than 20 years Avon has independently substantiated the safety of its products without animal testing.
  • Avon does not conduct nor request animal testing in order to substantiate the safety or efficacy of any of its products or raw ingredients.
  • Our approach to safety evaluation utilizes data from computational modeling, in vitro (test tube/cell culture) evaluation and clinical tests on human volunteers, as well as utilization of pre-existing data.
  • Some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency. In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data. When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. In 2011, this affected three tenths of one percent of Avon’s products.
  • Avon has been active in the development, implementation and acceptance of alternative test methods since the 1980’s, working to identify and develop new testing alternatives with other cosmetic companies and with external organizations. Avon’s Vice President, Product Safety & Integrity serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of The Institute of In Vitro Sciences, Inc., a non-profit research and testing organization dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide. Recently Avon became a Founding Sponsor of the American Society for Cellular Computational Toxicology. Similarly, Avon continues to support the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) in the UK, the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University in the US, and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
  • Our efforts were recognized as far back as 1993 at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences: Education, Research and Testing. Also in 1993, Avon was presented with a Recognition Award from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in the US for our dedication to the principles of the 3 R’s (refinement, reduction, replacement) and the use of alternative tests for safety evaluation.
  • Reflecting the same commitment to animal welfare, the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade does not fund medical research utilizing animals. Through 2011, the Avon Crusade raised more than $740 million for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer.

Click here for a pdf of Q&A below.

Avon Products, Inc. and PETA: A Shared Commitment to Animal Welfare Q & A

1. I thought Avon doesn’t conduct animal testing. Why has PETA put Avon’s name on the list of companies that do test on animals?

Avon’s commitment not to test on animals is the same as it has been for over twenty years – Avon neither conducts nor requests animal testing. Nothing has changed, and we continue to be in communication with PETA on the issue. Avon does business in over 100 countries, and some select products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional safety testing, which potentially includes animal testing, under the directive of a government or health agency. In these instances, Avon will first attempt to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data. When those attempts are unsuccessful, Avon must abide by local laws and submit the products for additional testing. This is not part of Avon’s product safety testing process.

2. How many of your products are tested on animals?

In 2011, Avon offered approximately 9,000 products in over 100 countries, and in that year less than 0.3% of these products were tested on animals under the directives of the law in a few countries. Our goal is to get that number to zero. It is important to reinforce that Avon independently substantiates the safety of its products without any animal testing. The company’s entire global product safety program is built on the foundational principle of opposition to unnecessary animal testing and respect for animal welfare. In 1989 Avon was the first major cosmetic company in the world to establish a policy of no animal testing. The only reason any product is tested on animals is because some governments have yet to accept the use of scientifically valid alternative approaches to safety assessment.

3. If these legal requirements in a few countries are not new, and Avon’s position has not changed, why is the issue being raised now, and why has Avon moved from the PETA list of companies that do NOT test on animals to the list of companies that do?

Although we cannot speak for PETA, we believe they have decided to become more aggressive advocates in the global arena with a focus on changing laws in the handful of countries which require animal testing for some cosmetics. Avon and PETA share a common objective to persuade governments to accept scientifically valid alternative approaches to animal testing. Avon is working together with other global beauty companies to gain acceptance of alternatives to animal testing throughout the world. Avon is just one of a long list of global beauty companies that face the same issue. The only companies that do not are those which market their products in a limited number of countries.

4. What is Avon doing globally to address this issue?

Avon has worked to advance alternatives to animal testing for decades. Avon’s Vice President of Product Safety & Integrity serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of The Institute of the In Vitro Sciences, Inc., a non-profit research and testing organization dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide (PETA is also a supporter of IIVS). Similarly, Avon continues to support research into alternatives conducted by the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) in the United Kingdom, the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University in the US, and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. Recently, Avon became a Founding Sponsor of the American Society for Cellular Computational Toxicology. In addition, Avon works closely on this issue with other companies in the Beauty industry through the US Personal Care Products Council.

5. Can you specify which countries require animal testing?

As an individual corporation doing business responsibly around the world, Avon does not believe it is in a position to call out specific countries and governments. However, this information is available through various animal rights organizations such as the Humane Society and PETA.

6. I am opposed to animal testing. Can I still use Avon products with confidence?

You can be confident that Avon shares your commitment. Opposition to animal testing and respect for animal welfare has been a cornerstone of Avon’s product safety program since 1989. Avon does not conduct nor request animal testing, and Avon continues to actively work to advance the use of alternatives to animal testing worldwide. As noted, in 2011 less than 0.3% of our approximately 9,000 products were impacted by the government product testing requirements in a few markets, which is not part of Avon’s safety substantiation process. Our shared goal is to permanently end all requirements for animal testing wherever they exist, around the world.
For inquiries about the safety of Avon products, please contact avoncr@avon.com.

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And  now, for a little humor to lighten the mood because being marvelous I like to put my mood back up on the happy rails.  DISCLAIMER: It is NOT meant to offend  my vegan friends, if you opt not to eat meat for ANY reason that is your right and I fully support you on that. It’s funny, laugh about it, like I, a natural blond, laugh at a good blond joke.  And my Catholic friends laugh at the definition of LENT: Separation of church and steak.

What I DO NOT support is when PETA comes blowing into town and tries to strong arm a local fuel company.  This company sells fuels, including gas for our gas grills.  PETA threatened this company that if they did not stop selling the gas for those of us that like to grill, because they know we are grilling up meat, that PETA would picket them.  This company purchased these shirts for their employees to wear that day.  They are for sale at the company.  I applaud them for not backing down.

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3 comments

  1. Thanks for mentioning this, as I agree PETA has oversimplified, left out facts, and made false claims in some cases – but as a vegan, I could have done without your tired line of “humor.” Disclaimer or not, your point would come across much better as someone just calling out PETA, than lumping all veg*ns together.

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