Estee Lauder Inc actually did start testing on animals, as they are now selling in China, which actually legally requires cosmetics to be tested.
As per their own e-mail to me when I asked them about this (and also on their info page):
http://www.elcompanies.com/citizenship/ ... sting.html
We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.
And this was confirmed by PETA, when I emailed them about it:
Thank you for writing to us about Estée Lauder. Estée Lauder announced an end to animal tests in 1990 and has been on PETA’s list of companies that don’t test on animals since that time. But recently, the company weakened its policy by adding the stipulation that it won’t test on animals unless “required by law.” PETA is currently trying to clarify the company’s policy, but it is our understanding that Estée Lauder is paying for tests on animals in China. This means, of course, that Estée Lauder no longer qualifies to be listed as cruelty-free, and we have removed it from our list of companies that have permanently banned all tests on animals.
Because tests on animals are required by the Chinese government before many cosmetics products can be marketed in China, PETA is now working with scientists to help Chinese scientists and officials accept the non-animal test methods that are used in the U.S. and much of the world. We are urging Estée Lauder to step up its role and combine forces with other companies to hasten this process.