Procter and Gamble, makes numerous products, including Tide, Dawn, Duracell, Crest, Bounty, Gain, Charmin, Covergirl, to name a few. Many of us could not imagine going a week without such household staples. But people who object to animal testing will probably want to avoid them.
Each year, P&G subjects rats, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and other animals to a wide array of tests, including skin and eye irritancy, and toxicity. P&G also conducts experiments with nanoparticles and genetic engineering.
The company claims to strongly support alternatives to animal testing, but its spending does not reflect this claim: in five days, P&G spends more money on advertising than it claims to have spent in 14 on alternatives to painful and lethal experiments.
This is not a matter of consumer safety versus animal welfare. As IDA points out,
The fact is that more than 600 companies manufacture safe and effective products that are comparable to Procter & Gamble’s without testing them on animals. Companies with smaller budgets than P&G have been able to develop alternatives to animals while showing a true commitment to eliminating animal testing.
Yes, consumer safety is important. However, safety testing need not involve the harming and killing of animals in order to be effective. The truth is that P&G could stop all animal testing today without hindering anyone’s safety.
Alternatives to the use of animals in product testing already exist.
By the way, cosmetic testing is not required by law in the United States. In fact, the United Kingdom and the European Union, among others, have already banned cosmetic animal testing. The U.S. is behind in this area, and the first step to correcting that is educating consumers.
These are the facts about Procter and Gamble’s animal testing policies. How you react to this information is your choice. You may want to boycott P&G’s products or fire off a polite but firm letter to the company. Remember, as a consumer in a free market, you have an important influence.
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