Target: Lorenzo Delpani, President and CEO of Revlon cosmetics company
Goal: Don’t resume animal testing just to sell products in countries that require it
In attempts to appeal to overseas vendors in China, Revlon and a few other humane cosmetic companies have gone back on their word and resumed animal testing. Because China requires animal testing before any products can be sold in their country, this puts businesses with “cruelty-free” policies in a difficult position. Although one cosmetic company has agreed to push for animal-friendly testing, Revlon stands among the many who have revisited brutal tactics.
Animal welfare group PETA once listed Revlon as one of the few cruelty-free cosmetic companies due to the benevolent policies they had adopted. This included a company-wide ban on any testing that would cause death or harm to living creatures; however, Revlon has since restarted animal testing and “did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed,” PETA reports. Rather than preserve the lives of innocent creatures, Revlon has instead chosen to pursue greedier endeavors.
As technology continues to evolve, safer testing techniques should be replacing archaic, ineffective ones. Most times, animal testing is employed because the necessary funds and knowledge to pursue non-animal tests are inaccessible. In this instance, however, there is no excuse. PETA states that it has funded scientists at In Vitro Sciences, a research group dedicated to developing non-animal testing methods, so they may train and inform Chinese scientists about alternate forms of product testing. One of these methods includes experimenting on cells in test tubes, eliminating unnecessary pain and death among lab creatures.
Sign the petition below to urge Revlon to return to non-animal testing. Remind them of all the lives they have saved by enacting humane policies, and encourage them to place the welfare of these animals above financial gain.
Dear Mr. Delpani,
Revlon’s recent decision to resume animal testing is tragic and unnecessary. It’s understandable to want to expand your product overseas, but sacrificing innocent animals for money is wrong. You have enjoyed vast success as one of the few “cruelty-free” cosmetic companies here in the United States; there is no reason you cannot maintain this reputation abroad.
Animal testing is an inaccurate way of assessing a product meant for people. Since humans differ greatly from rats, monkeys, and rabbits, animal testing cannot conclusively determine whether certain chemicals will be hazardous. Rather than execute thousands of lab animals, why not invest in tests which are both safe and effective? In vitro testing is one of many techniques available to you and does not involve causing animals undue pain. In fact, PETA claims to have funded researchers at In Vitro Sciences so that Chinese companies may have access to these safe new alternatives.
Although China demands animal testing before marketing a product, you can still choose cruelty-free techniques. Mary Kay, another cosmetic company, has agreed to push for animal-friendly methods in overseas negotiations. Please, follow the humane example of your peers and end animal testing once and for all.
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