Cosmetics firms don’t test on animals


By The Associated Press



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder have not resumed testing on animals, despite the claims of a story shared widely on social media. The companies ended testing on animals years ago, but say that products sold in China continue to undergo testing by that country’s government that might include the use of animals.

The story posted by thedogfiles.com cites People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ move in 2012 to remove the companies from its cruelty-free list after PETA said it discovered the companies had resumed animal testing in order to market their products in China.

When contacted individually about the claim, representatives for Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder said PETA’s claim was untrue. Each company said it has not tested on animals for years.

Products sold in China, however, are required to undergo government testing, and that nation’s regulators use animals in their review of some products.

Mary Kay said in a statement, “We are obliged to follow the law, as we do in every country where we operate.”

All three companies say they have worked without outside groups to push alternatives to animal testing.

The original story was posted in 2012, but it has continued to circulate in social media.

By The Associated Press

This story is part of an ongoing Associated Press effort to fact-check claims in suspected false news stories.

This story is part of an ongoing Associated Press effort to fact-check claims in suspected false news stories.