Urge Mary Kay Cosmetics to Resume Ban on Animal Testing

Target: David Holl, CEO of Mary Kay, Inc.

Goal: Urge Mary Kay to resume its former ban on animal testing and to adopt a more transparent consumer policy in the meantime.

The good news: for two decades, May Kay Cosmetics was cruelty-free. The bad news: the globally-recognized company has recently resumed its animal testing due to governmental regulations in China. However, the company is still promoting itself as cruelty-free. Tell Mary Kay that animal testing is unacceptable—and so is deliberately misleading consumers. Sign the petition urging Mary Kay to re-adopt its cruelty-free policy and to be honest and up-front with consumers in the future.

While Mary Kay is technically correct in its assertion that it does not conduct animal testing, what it really means is that it does not conduct the tests itself. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reports that Mary Kay instead contracts out to the Chinese government to do the tests that are legally required in China.

Animal rights advocates and scientists alike are calling on China to change its animal testing policy. In the meantime, however, Mary Kay is using consumer dollars to promote animal testing while explicitly claiming the opposite. This is not only a tragedy for the animals involved but also a shady and dishonest marketing claim.

Mary Kay needs to hear from people like you. Sign the petition and tell Mary Kay that you know about and disagree with their animal testing, and urge the company to re-adopt its cruelty-free business practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Holl,

Mary Kay has always been proud of its reputation as a cruelty-free company. So why is it funding animal testing by the Chinese government?

Animal testing is a needlessly cruel ordeal. Furthermore, animal tests are usually easily replaceable with cruelty-free testing procedures. Although the Chinese government currently requires animal testing of cosmetics, it is extremely disappointing that Mary Kay would choose to go along with such a policy instead of sticking to its principles and refusing. Since when did the bottom line become more important than the health, safety, and lives of living creatures?

Additionally, Mary Kay’s current animal testing policy is at odds with the cruelty-free image it presents to its consumers. Mary Kay customers have a right to know that their purchases are supporting animal testing, even if Mary Kay is not conducting the tests itself.

Please do right by both test animals and your customers—adopt a more transparent consumer policy and reaffirm your cruelty-free promise.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Janet Stephens via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. They only animal test on rats!! Mary Kay does no animal testing in the US or all the other almost 40 countries they sell to. China requires them to rest on rats for any cosmetic to be sold in China. Mary Kay spends thousands of dollars every year trying to prove to the Chinese government that animal testing isn’t required these days that there are other ways.

  2. Actually, their products are made in the United States. Animal testing is a requirement from the Chinese government in order to sell their products there. I still don’t like that they are animal testing for any reason, but I get that they are a business and need to tap into the 3rd largest group of cosmetic buyers.

  3. VERY disappointed! Mary Kay herself would be turning in her grave. Instead of trying to convince the Chinese government they should abstain from selling to China. China is known for horrific animal abuse and the American people are not stupid to this fact. I can’t believe MK’s son would turn a blind eye! I have proudly spoken of MK’s position on animal testing and now am embarrassed to be associated with them. They have let me down. Please speak out – we do have the power to make changes by being heard in person, actions and by social media sites!

  4. I am a big hollywood makeup artist and teacher! You are banned until you stop animal testing!

  5. Rats feel pain….bottom line!!!
    Just trashed all my Mary Kay products!!!!

  6. Brenda Wolfe says:

    I agree. I won’t order Mary Kay products until they stop using any animals for testing.

  7. It’s ok for people to set traps to kill rats but it’s not ok for them to be use in labs for testing? It’s a double standard don’t you think?
    I don’t agree with any kind of animal testing but I do support Mary Kay because in America they are made free of animal testing. As for MAc, Lancome, Bobby Brown etc… not so much!

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