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|MilkBone--Friend of animals?|
|Procter & Gamble--Blood on your toothbrush|
Yeah, way. Did you know that RJR Nabisco, the second largest cigarette manufacturer in the country, also manufactures MilkBone dog biscuits. The cruel irony is that the same happy-go-lucky Beagle you see on the MilkBone box might well be a dog the company uses to test tobacco on. Just how do Beagles and other animals smoke? By force, and by machines. Typical smoking experiments include cutting holes into the throats of Beagles and hooking them up to smoking machines where they are forced to inhale concentrated cigarette smoke; strapping masks onto the faces of dogs and monkeys; and inserting electrodes in to the penises of dogs to measure the effect of cigarette smoke on sexual performance.
Smoking not only kills humans but our best buddies too. Please don't smoke and, please, don't buy MilkBone, Butcher Bones, T.C. Biscuits, and Rawhide Strips. Make it your business to know which products on the market are cruelty free and refuse to buy those that are not. If it's not profitable, they won't do it.
If you know of any dirty dish on cruelty companies or corporations that you would like others to know about and steer clear of, please send us the information. If it checks out to be credible, we'll add it to our WARNING!! Radical Thoughts Follow!! section.
Procter & Gamble's Hidden Ingredient
Each year, thousands of animals die in Procter & Gamble (P&G) laboratories--the victims of painful, archaic, and entirely unnecessary product tests.
Caustic chemicals are forced into the eyes of rabbits and applied to animals' shaved and raw skin. Laboratory workers place the animals in restraining devices so they cannot struggle while the workers apply chemicals, which burn into the animals' eyes and skin. P&G "scientists" do not sedate the animals or give them pain killers. Animals sometimes break their necks or back attempting to escape the pain. This that survive are used in yet additional painful tests . . . until they are finally killed. These animals include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, and others.
P&G refuses to stop testing its products on animals, despite the fact that these tests are not required by an law, and despite the fact that more reliable and humane alternatives do exist.
Procter & Gamble spends millions of dollars to package itself as a responsible, caring company, and claims to be a leader in the development of alternative to the use of animals in product testing.
But P&G refuses to put its money where its mouth is. In 1995 alone, P&G spent $2.78 million on advertising. This stands in stark contrast to the $55 million that P&G claims to have spent on developing alternative product testing over a 13-year period. Their priorities are clear: in less than seven days, P&G spends more on advertising than it spent in 11 years on alternatives to painful and lethal animals tests.
The fact is, P&G says one thing and does another. If they truly shared the goal of eliminating animal cruelty, P&G would not have lobbied to defeat a bill before the California Legislature that would have banned the infamous Draise eye irritancy test.
P&G claims that animal tests are necessary for consumer protection. Physicians who are responsible for our health disagree:
As an emergency room physician who has treated countless cases of accidental poisonings and exposures to dangerous products, I disagree with the contention that animal tests are necessary to determine the safety of cosmetics and household products . . . animal tests do not protect consumers from unsafe products. [Daniel Hart, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.]
In reality, P&G relies on these archaic tests strictly for its own protection from liability lawsuits. The truth is that P&G could stop animal testing today without hindering anyone's safety. Until it stops its animal cruelty, the letter P&G will stand for Pain & Greed!
Buy Cruelty-Free Products and Save Lives By the Thousands
Fortunately, there are many safe, effective and humane alternatives to Procter & Gamble's Tide of Torture.
Over 500 companies develop, manufacture and sell safe and effective consumer products without animal testing. They use newer, more effective methods such as human cell cultures, chemical tests, and computer models.
Millions of Americans have taken the Cruelty-Free Pledge, choosing to purchase their consumer products from those compassionate companies that do not harm or kill animals. By buying cruelty-free products you'll support the growing trend towards kinder and more effective safety testing, while sending a powerful message to P&G that when they hurt animals, they also hurt what they care about the most--their profits. Your dollars make a difference.
BOYCOTT PROCTER & GAMBLE PRODUCTS
From: http://www.pg.com/en_US/brands/index.shtml copyright 2011
P&G acquired Natura pet food products in 2010. The line includes:
More companies that test on animals
This will take you to Peta's listings of all of the cruelty-free and cruel companies: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx
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Animal Rights--A Strong & Proud Tradition
As well as their great achievements in human rights, science, philosophy, and the arts many prominent individuals have in common a deep concern for the rights and welfare of animals. Some the folks quoted below urged others to see animals as more than mere resources for humanity--to recognize them as individuals with feelings, interests, and needs of their own.
Their ideas, whether or not they knew it, have now crystallized into a movement . . . the Animal Rights Movement. And it has become the vehicle for millions of people who seek justice and compassion for the animals who are killed by industry or brought to the brink of extinction by our destructive effects on the environment.
Their thoughts offer new insight for those who are unfamiliar with the philosophy and goals of the Animal Rights Movement. Simply put, animals rights is an affirmation of all life to the fullest degree, an affirmation of humanity's ability to nurture and protect that life in all species, human and non-human alike.
We at North Bay Canine Rescue & Placement understand that loving and protecting animals is a personal and political decision that one makes in his or her own life. We make no judgment as to how people choose to carry that philosophy from their inner realm into the world at large. As a group we take no position on organizations that espouse a radical approach to animal rights, just as we bear no judgment against those who choose to quietly live their lives behind the political front line--anyone who loves animals and does all that she or he personally can to end cruelty to animals is, in our minds, an animals rights activist. We believe that the personal is political, and if your work or my work is simply to be kind to our own animals and the animals of others and to teach and demonstrate that philosophy of kindness to others, if by no other means than our own example, that is important work that must be valued.
We hope that you find the below quotes inspirational, no matter which end of the spectrum you occupy in the animals rights movement. The quotes were taken from Jon Wynne-Tyson's anthology "The Extended Circle," and we pulled them from a brochure sent to us from In Defense of Animals.
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women created for men. [Alice Walter, 1944- ]
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. [Albert Einstein, 1879-1955]
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated . . . I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man. [Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948]
In relations of man with animals . . . there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet, but which will eventually break through into light and be the corollary and the complement to human ethics. [Victor Hugo, 1802-1885]
Perhaps the time has come to formulate a moral code which would govern our relations with the great creatures of the sea as well as those on dry land. That this will come to pass is our dearest wish. [Jacques Cousteu, 1910-1998]
Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them wherever they require it. [St. Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226]
If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as "human rights"? How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder? [Carl Sagan, 1934-]
It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done. [Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896]
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. [Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910]
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. [George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950]
The monstrous sophism that beasts are pure unfeeling machine, and do not reason, scarcely requires a confutation. [Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1972-1822]
The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo . . . We need a boundless ethic which will include the animals also. [Dr. Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965]
The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as now they look upon the murder of men. [Leonardo Da vinci, 1452-1519]
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of man. [Emile Zola, 1840-1902]
The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. [Charles Darwin, 1809-1882]
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