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The Responses From Bath and Body Works, Proctor & Gamble, Iams and Mars

Only a little while ago I was perusing the Internet to find a list of companies that test on animals. PETA’s seemedto be the most prominent, so I checked it out. For a while I bough into the whole “IamsCruelty” and “Mars Candy Kills”completely, but now I have beginning to doubt. (( Note: I don’t doubt animal testing or it’s horrors but who exactly is doing it and PETA’s possible “agenda” )) When I contacted Iams and Mars there response did not sound at all like what PETA had made them out to be (I’ll post what they said in a sec). Now, that on it’s own may not say much (I mean they could have made a mistake), but now Proctor and Gamble (makers of Herbal Essences) have said similar. Here is their response to my email informing them of Leaping Bunny (an organization that certifies companies that comply to an internationaly recodnised standard of cruelty free products called the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics or CCIC) and the following is their response:

Thank you for contacting us regarding our use of animal testing.  We
are glad to have the chance to share the facts about our product safety
testing program with you.

P&G has consistently refrained from making claims related to animal
research on our products and packaging, and in keeping with this policy,
we are phasing out that language from our packaging.  This does not
represent a change in our research and manufacturing process, but is simply
a matter of making our labels consistent with P&G policy.

We at P&G want to ultimately eliminate the need for all animal testing
of products and ingredients for human use.  We have already ended the
use of animals for evaluating the safety of all current non-food,
non-drug product formulations, except where required by regulations OR WHEN
THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TEST AVAILABLE TO ENSURE HUMAN SAFETY.  When
evaluating the safety of foods, drugs, new technologies and
never-before-used ingredients, we always look first to existing safety data and then
to alternatives.  A minimal amount of animal research is used only when
we’re unable to verify safety any other way — let us stress that
resorting to animal research is the exception rather than the norm.  We’d
rather use alternatives; not only is the use of animals avoided, but
reliable alternatives generally cost less and take less time. 

We’re committed to the ultimate elimination of animal testing FOR
PRODUCTS INTENDED FOR HUMAN USE.  In order to reach this goal, we’re doing a
number of things.  We’ve invested almost $160 million in alternatives,
making us an industry leader.  We’re working with the FDA and
respected animal welfare groups, such as the Humane Society of the United
States, to work on reforming regulations and validating alternative methods
so that we can reach our goal.  These are just a couple of our efforts
in the area of alternatives.  To learn more, we invite you to visit our
website: http://www.pg.com/science/animal_alt.jhtml 

For additional information about alternatives, you might visit the
following websites: 
http://www.biorap.org(Biological Research for Animals & People)
http://altweb.jhsph.edu/(Alternatives to Animal Testing site) 
http://www.hsus.org/(Humane Society of the United States site)
http://www.ampef.org/(Americans for Medical Progress Educational
Foundation)

We hope this explanation of our position will serve to answer your
inquiry and assure you of our continuing attention to this matter.

The Consumer Relations Team

We should be encouraging these companies to contingue trying to end all testing! I mean Iams and P&G for example are making great strides toward ending animal testing. I think that the way PETA goes about it’s boycott (not to mention I don’t totaly trustPETA in the first place) causes harm to the reputations of companes that could be (often it seems to me) trying to improve. PETA seemes to do more complaining that they haven’t solved the problem than praising the company for making strides toward the final goal. There are many people who will stop buying from these companies entirley and never notice that they are off the “black list”. By they way, I have no problem with a list of companies that test (although I think it should be seperated into performs extreemed and unessisary tests, is attempting to elimenate animal expiriments and dose not test at all), but they should be messured by an agreed upone standard and checked up on by someone trustworthy. PETA’s list is not especialy up-to-date, there is no real official standard (like Leaping Bunny) and , as they themselves admit, they aren’t ever realy sure their white list is ever complying. Anyway, I will go into an entire post about animal testing at a later date. I contacted other companies as well. This one is from Bath and Body Works:

Dear Monica,

We appreciate you taking the time to write us in regards to our policies, services and products. We value your inquiry and your interest in Bath & Body Works and The White Barn Candle Co.

Limited Brands, Inc. does not test its products on animals, nor does it request any of our third party manufacturers, or anyone else, to perform such tests on its behalf. We utilize ingredients in our formulations that are judged safe and we do not ask the supplier of those ingredients to perform any such tests on animals. Limited Brands, Inc. does not use any animal byproducts in its formulations where the animal is either slaughtered or harmed for the sole purpose of obtaining that material. We do condone the use of animal derived products where the animal is not harmed; for example, lanolin, milk, eggs, etc. Again, in keeping with our philosophy regarding the welfare of animals, Limited Brands, Inc. does not conduct animal testing, nor does it request suppliers to test on animals. I will forward your comments to our Executive Team about the Leaping Bunny Standard.

Thanks again for contacting us. We hope you will continue to enjoy your favorites from Bath & Body Works and The White Barn Candle Co. If we can do anything else for you, please feel free to reply to this e-mail (please do not change the subject line) or call us at 1-800-395-1001.


Sincerely,Tami Henry

 

 

Tami Henry
Customer Relations Representative

While I’m at it … here’s a link to Mars’ polocy regarding animal testing on their website: http://www.mars.com/global/Who+We+Are/Commitment/Research+involving+animals.htm …. below is what Iams emailed me in response to my plea for them to stop testing on animals:

Thank you for taking the time to write to us regarding our research and feeding studies. We are passionate about cats and dogs with a deep commitment to their health and welfare, so we understand how important this issue is to you.

 

For several years misleading and inaccurate information has been circulating and I appreciate this opportunity to provide you with the facts.

 

To ensure that our products are safe and wholesome, we have the responsibility to pet owners to feed our products to dogs and cats. Over 70% of the dogs and cats in our feeding studies live in consumers’ homes; however, some of our feeding studies require a controlled environment and are conducted at our own Pet Health and Nutrition Center or at an organization where pets are already residing-like animal shelters, or groups that train and provide assistance dogs.

 

The controlled studies are the veterinary equivalent of nutritional or medical studies acceptable on people. These studies are monitored by our own staff of veterinarians, behaviorists and independent experts. Our dogs and cats get the most advanced pet nutrition and health care as we develop formulas to help all cats and dogs live longer and healthier lives.

 

At our Pet Health and Nutrition Center , dogs are housed with a companion (because dogs are pack animals). Each kennel has a doggie-door that takes them to an outside run, so they have plenty of room to run and play. Each dog is provided with his or her own toys (rotated on a regular basis) and their very own comfortable bed to sleep on. There is also a dog park adjacent to the kennels where the dogs play and interact each day in play groups.

 

Our cats are housed in compatible play groups.  Each room is furnished with beds, toys (to stimulate play) and several perches, which allow the cats to observe things from a higher viewpoint. They also have a very large window, which has a platform for the cats to lie in the sun or just sit and watch the birds feeding at the outside bird feeders.

 

If you’re interested in reading more, please copy-and-paste the following URLs to your web browser.

 

Our Research Policy:

http://www.iamstruth.com/iamstruth/en_US/jhtmls/article/IT_Article_Page.jhtml;jsessionid=O1CKZFH2GEOQ5QFIAJ1YYCQ?li=en_US&pti=RP&articleID=2

 

Videos of dogs and cats at our facility:

http://www.iamstruth.com/iamstruth/en_US/jhtmls/landing/IT_Landing_Page.jhtml?li=en_US&pti=CV

 

Facility reports:

http://www.iamstruth.com/iamstruth/en_US/jhtmls/article/IT_Article_Page.jhtml?li=en_US&pti=BA&articleID=20#a1

 

You can also read about our nutritional studies and our facilities from the viewpoint of an independent animal welfare organization by utilizing the following URL: www.aspca.org/iams

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this message. If you need further information or have specific questions, please contact us at 800-525-4267. We’re very happy to speak with you about this very important issue. 

 

Sincerely,

Katie

Iams Team Member

Ironically, I just checked and Iams and Mars are not on the “Black List”, but PETA has yet to stop their campaign against them or even realy announce the progress they have made so far. That’s it for now …

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vegan Pizza

Pizza! I personally would have added some tomato sauce … but it looks good anyway! Just letting you know, the song in the background is a bit odd …

EDIT NOTE: I forgot to mention, I did not make this video… I found it on You Tube. I believe from: http://youtube.com/watch?v=KwMGgAjxkNA

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Vegan Donuts

Yum! Homemade vegan donuts! Comes from: http://www.youtube.com/user/veginity

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Tofu Scramble

Classic Vegan Recipe! Check it out! Comes from: http://www.youtube.com/user/everydaydish

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A Letter to the Editor…


I’ve teamed up with both Defenders of Wildlife and the Compassion Over Killing groups and thus I’ve been doing a bit of letter writing, so I figured I could post them here along with their response (if there is any). I could also forward Defenders of Wildlife news to you guys (although if you want, it would be easier to subscribe trough email to their free newsletter). So, anyway … I read this article online called “Do chickens have feelings too?” (you can read it here: http://www.macalester.edu/weekly/022103/opinion1.html) and the following is the response I wrote:

“Hello, I read your article titled “Do chickens have feelings too?” and had a few comments to make. I recently wrote a short essay on the emotions of animals called “Do animals have feelings?” which , if you are interested, you may find at https://harmless4life.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/do-animals-have-feelings/. To sum up the essay we can hardly prove human emotions/souls absolutely, however there is reason to believe animals posses the emotional capabilities around or even above human beings. Other than observations of animals like dogs (who display extreme loyalty), elephants (who have been known to show recondition and grief in relation to other elephants) and primates (which are virtually a step away from humans), scientific evidence to support the theory exists. There is a part of the brain called the amydala which is believed to be involved in emotional responses. Birds have amydalas (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6SYT-4FMBHTT-2&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=981561cbbdd19f0e95d33a6f74392f24).

Chickens specifically are even kept as pets and have enough cognitive ability to be trained just as dogs are ( see http://www.upc-online.org/thinking/index.html or more specifically http://www.upc-online.org/thinking/71707buffalo.html).
Whether or not you believe in animal emotions, it is proven that they experience pain. The treatment they receive in factory farms, whether emotionally distressing or not, causes them extreme physical pain.
I am fairly certain that it would still be considered cruel to physically abuse a human being who is mentally handicapped or even severely brain damaged if they could still feel pain.

“Chickens are near copies of digital pets in the way of intelligence and feelings, but humans do not protect the rights of machines,” I am not certain how living beings that experience pain and probably emotions are the same as machines.

I cannot speak for PETA or other animal rights groups methods, but do not judge the cause on who believes in it. For example, while people love to mention that Hitler was a vegetarian, keep in mind, so was Gandhi.

Consider the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage when thinking of animal rights. Is it not better to give a being too many rights than to give them to few?

– Monica”

Do you think that was ok? I do my best to not sound like a crazed radical as people offten seem to come off as when talking about this kind of issue. I hope the web URLs weren’t tacky … I’m a tad critical of the things I write (*cough**cough* – as you can tell) … comments are appreciated …

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Adopt an Animal (without the hassle)


Have you ever wanted to help out an animal in need but didn’t have the time or resources or didn’t want the mess? Well now is your chance! There are two main places to “adopt” online. For farm animals, checkout Farm Sanctuary. For wild animals (which you couldn’t responsibly adopt anyway since they aren’t “pets”) check out Defenders of Wildlife. These make great gifts for both the animals and the receiver. The Defenders of Wildlife adoptions even come with stuffed animals!

How the concept works is you pay a certain amount of money to be used on either a specific animal (as in Farm Sanctuary) or towards the good of the species as a whole (Defenders of Wildlife). Animals “available” include cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits, ducks, goats and sheep on Farm Sanctuary and anywhere from wolves to penguins to hummingbirds on Defenders of Wildlife.

To findout more info go to https://secure.defenders.org/site/Ecommerce?store_id=5381&VIEW_HOMEPAGE=true&FOLDER=0&TYPE=&NAME=&s_src=WJY08WDADOPT&s_subsrc=WJY08WDADOPT_web&JServSessionIdr005=26sy6haj12.app26a for Defenders of Wildlife’s Adoption Center or http://www.farmsanctuary.org/get_involved/aafa/ for Farm Sanctuary’s.

Other options for “Adoption” can be found below:

To Adopt Virtually:

 To Sponsor a Individual Animal:

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