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Group Helps China's Largest University Cosmetics Science Program Move Toward Replacing Animals in Cosmetics Tests
Va. -- Thanks to a $33,000 grant from People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to the U.S.-based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS),
scientists in China—where companies are required to pay for tests on animals in
order to market cosmetics—have received training on how to use a non-animal
test that can replace a crude and painful test on rabbits.
a global leader in the advancement of non-animal test methods, held the
training last week for 30 students and faculty at the Beijing Technical and
Business University (BTBU), which has the largest university program in
cosmetics science in China. The scientists learned how to use the Bovine
Corneal Opacity and Permeability assay to replace an eye irritation test, in
which chemicals are dripped into the eyes of rabbits. A photo from the
training session is available here.
is the second grant that PETA has awarded to IIVS after discovering late last
year that Avon, Mary Kay, and Estée Lauder—which had been on PETA's list
of companies that don't test cosmetics on animals for decades—had been
secretly paying for Chinese officials to test their products on animals. The
companies had not provided Chinese scientists with
training in the use of the non-animal methods used in the U.S. and the
European Union. As a result of IIVS's initial work, funded by PETA, China is
now poised to accept its first-ever non-animal test—the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake
to Dr. Rodger Curren, president of IIVS, "Support from PETA has allowed
the university to expedite the incorporation of hands-on training in non-animal
(in vitro) methods to undergraduate, graduate, and faculty at BTBU. Both
faculty and students are enthusiastic about the training, and planning for
future sessions has already begun."
is pleased to work together with IIVS to show scientists in China how to use
modern, humane, non-animal testing methods instead of poisoning animals in archaic tests," said PETA Senior Vice President
of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. "This is the first step
toward the end of cosmetics tests on animals in China."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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