Animal Writes
25 April 1999 Issue
Mary Kay Ends Animal Tests

For Immediate Release: April 22, 1999

Dallas -- Mary Kay ranks as the largest cosmetics company to sign the
Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, a stringent, internationally
accepted standard put forth by the Coalition for Consumer Information on
Cosmetics, of which PETA is a member.

Mary Kay is concerned with product safety and states, "Having assessed the
current degree of scientific knowledge, the company does not foresee any
situation in which animal testing might be necessary in the future." The
company is also working toward the elimination of all animal ingredients.

More than 550 companies have stopped using the circa 1920s animal tests
that involve poisoning, force-feeding, and performing painful eye and skin
tests on rats and rabbits. Thousands of "known-safe" ingredients are already
approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and other reliable and more
sophisticated non-animal tests are now readily available.

"We're delighted that Mary Kay will never again torture an animal for a new
shade of lipstick," says Susan Rayfield, PETA's Caring Consumer Project
coordinator, who noted that the volume of calls from concerned consumers
regarding Mary Kay's practices exceeded that of any other cosmetics
company. "By going cruelty-free, Mary Kay has shown that compassion is
good business."

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