BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO LIFE ASKS :
Since I have been getting more and more involved
On gathering information and knowledge about animal testing
About which companies TEST and DO NOT TEST, to be exact.
Clarity, honesty and actual facts is what we aim for. The TRUTH.
With everything thought through,
I have decided to open a new space for these type of topics called «Life Asks»
Hope you like it. And feel welcome to drop by and leave a comment!
--- FIRST POST ---
Original Message Follows: ------------------------
May I be known as Life.
I have some questions for AVON Company
On which I would like to have an honest and clear answer :
Does or Does not AVON conduct animal testing?
And does AVON sell its products to China?
I have my concerns about animals and their rights as a human being and as a consumer. And if it is true, I shall not buy AVON's products any longer. Finally, I would like to ask you to think through about this (very important) matter.
I had an answer, afterwards (automatic reply, I suppose) by the company telling me :
We have received your message. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.
[If it's over the weekend, please be aware it could take up to 48 hours for us to respond.]
A few hours later, I received the actual reply :
Thank you for your email sharing your concerns. There is some misinformation circulating about our company?s commitment and actions regarding animal welfare, and we appreciate the opportunity to offer some clarity.
Avon does not conduct animal testing in order to ensure that any of its products are safe. In fact, Avon was the first major cosmetics company to end animal testing on products more than 20 years ago.
Avon markets products and offers economic opportunity in over 100 countries. As we have stated publicly for many years, including on our corporate website, some products may be required by law in a few countries to undergo additional testing for regulatory purposes at the direction of a government agency, and this may include animal testing. In those circumstances when testing is required, Avon always attempts to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data. When those attempts are unsuccessful, we must comply with such local requirements. This is an issue facing all global beauty companies -- we are not alone in this dilemma and we continue to push for alternate measures.
Why don't we stop selling our products there?
For more than 125 years Avon has served as an agent of positive change for women?s empowerment, animal welfare, human rights, environmental sustainability, diversity, and many other critical issues. When faced with challenging situations around the world on any of these issues, our commitment is to remain in the countries affected and work to bring about change, such as the acceptance of non-animal testing methods in China. Abandoning a market does not help bring about a solution.
Specific to animal welfare, Avon has worked to advance alternatives to animal testing for decades. Avon serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of The Institute of the In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS), a non-profit research and testing organization dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods worldwide. We understand that PETA is also partnering with IIVS. Additionally, Avon continues to support research into alternatives conducted by the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) in the United Kingdom and the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University in the US. Avon is 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 and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
You can be confident that Avon shares your commitment to animal welfare. Respect for animal welfare is a cornerstone of Avon?s product safety philosophy, and Avon continues to actively work to advance the use of alternatives to animal testing worldwide.
Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
NOTE : I have put here the content without alterations.
The xxxxxx is only a replacement for my real name ,
As the company decided to treat me for my real name instead of just Life.
Final note (posted on our Facebook page, too) :
Note about Life Asks topics :
With this new approach on knowledge, activism and having clear answers
from firms that conduct animal testing.
My goal is to make people think/reflect about what fashion,
cosmetic and personal care firms are doing and conducting
Know what is behind scenes and know how they are acting, overall.
With this, I want you to know that the final decision of purchasing a product or not
is only yours and yours, alone.
Peace be with you,