I neevverr would have thought that they would use tea to experiment on animals.
You can choose to eat animals, that’s your business, but to give rabbits high cholesterol, E Coli, and bowel inflammation just to see if massive amounts of tea help (and it doesn’t) is a little sadistic.
Check out these sites for help in choosing products that don’t harm or include animal ingredients.
Skin Deep – a cosmetic database where you can see what chemicals are in your makeup, sun screen, nail polish, etc., and what products use animal testing
Leaping Bunny – look for the leaping bunny logo to assure you are buying cruelty free products; check out this database for cruelty free household cleaning products, animal care products, and personal care products
On to the news…
Info from Michelle Hodkin’s How Many Animals Have Died for Your…Tea? and Victory! Unilever Commits to Ending Animal Experimentation for Tea from Change.org
…as of this month, Lipton’s parent company, Unilever, issued a press release, stating that it is “committing to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect.”
The company says the commitment is part of their “leadership” in environmental sustainability and ethical sourcing of their teas, but the announcement comes after a December report from the United Kingdom’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA UK), stating that tea companies PG tips, Lipton and Lyons had been testing their products on animals in some pretty gruesome experiments that were decidedly not “100% natural.”
PETA UK claimed that rabbits were fed a diet high in fat to increase cholesterol levels to harden their arteries before they were fed tea in their water, to demonstrate that if the levels decreased, they could market their product as having health benefits. Mice were bred with severe bowel inflammation problems, and then fed tea to see if it helped. And piglets were infected with E. Coli, to give them diarrhea, and test whether ingesting tea might provide them “health benefits,” too.
Twinings, however, verified that it doesn’t use animal products or employ animal testing in the making of its products. So if you’re interested in certifiably cruelty-free tea, you might want to switch.
If you like their teas, awesome. But if you’re drinking it solely to ensure you don’t die from a heart attack or stroke, you might need a different kind of help.