3.02.2010

Animal Testing Letter from PCRM

Crafty Vegan again....I listed these links at the top and bottom of the blog just in case it's too long for you to read. Please do your part by researching the companies you buy products from, whether that is make-up or cleaning supplies and make sure they have the "jumping bunny" logo, which means no animals were abused to make that product. For a listing of companies that DO test on animals, please visit:
For a listing of companies that DO NOT test on animals, please visit:

Some of the more familiar companies that DO test on animals are: Johnson&Johnson, L'Oreal, Clorox and Crest. So scary! If people only knew. I hope you can pass this info along to your family and friends and spread the word. Thank you.

I could give my thoughts and feeling about the horrible practice of animal testing, but I thought that sharing this letter with you would do a much better job and also provide honest information without my emotional strings attached. This information was taken from sections of a letter I received yesterday from PCRM's (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) president Neal D. Barnard, M.D. Here is part of that letter....

Dear Friend,

In the last six months, nearly 200,000 animals have been tortured or killed in the US by experimental drug tests. It's disturbing, but true. And our own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is largely responsible. Here's why...

These animals are victims of the FDA's refusal to act on a petition filed by the PCRM and a coalition of scientists, doctors and other groups calling on it to demand that companies use alternatives to animal testing whenever possible.
The FDA's failure to act on our petition has been a virtual death sentence for thousands of animals. The FDA could save millions of innocent animals each year and simultaneously create safer drugs for Americans who have seen a growing number of drugs turn out to be fatal for humans, even though they "passed"their animals tests. The FDA's continuing refusal to act on this issue is simply unacceptable.
The US is far behind the rest of the world in practicing more ethical science. While animals testing is still the rule in the US, Europe is years ahead of us. The European Commission already has laws on the books protecting animals from extraordinarily cruel treatment...laws that require alternative non-animal testing, when possible.
This change in Europe only happened because concerned people started a grassroots movement that was unstoppable....the same kind of grassroots movement PCRM is now leading in the US.
PCRM knows that when enough people realize how much animals suffer in testing laboratories the vile practice will end. So PCRM is changing hearts and minds with compelling evidence...in a shocking undercover video, a terrified monkey struggles to free herself from two lab workers. Seconds later, a tube is cruelly jammed up her nose forcing toxic chemicals to her stomach. The monkey cries out in pain, but they keep pushing harder.
I wish I could tell you this terrible act of cruelty caught on camera is an isolated incident. Or report that it isn't happening. But it is. And on a truly massive scale.
But that's only part of the cruelty to animals that goes on in this country every day....only part of why PCRM's efforts to end this unimaginable suffering are so critically important.
PCRM fights animal abuse wherever it is happening in the name of science. We work hard to shut down live animal labs in US medical schools. "Standard" lab practices often call for locking up defenseless pigs in tiny cages....cutting into their bodies with scalpels...injecting them with drugs...and then killing them and bagging their bodies for waste.
We're making real progress to end this atrocity. Since we started our campaign, more than 90 percent of US medical schools have closed their live animal labs. Most schools are now using non-animal teaching alternatives with good results.
In so-called "routine" lab work, animals can experience profound stress. An animal living in a lab....confined to a crowded cage....is an animal living in constant fear for it's life. Many corporations and educational institutions have a lot of money invested in business as usual, even if that business means bloodying their hands in the torture and killing of animals. They just hope most people are looking the other way, not thinking about all those animals locked up in cages awaiting the next drug test....the next experiment...the next forced feeding...which may very well be their last unless we come to their rescue.
It's time for America to stop the killing-to stop animal testing once and for all.

Crafty Vegan again....Please do your part by researching the companies you buy products from, whether that is make-up or cleaning supplies and make sure they have the "jumping bunny" logo, which means no animals were used to make that product. For a listing of companies that DO test on animals, please visit:
For a listing of companies that DO NOT test on animals, please visit:

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