Back in December I posted a blog about an ad for Tide ~ now it is Iams - again, I have sent a message to Care2 stating my feelings about this subject. Below is what was sent:
I love that Care2 is a free site that makes it possible to make a positive impact & let voices be heard. My only issue is one company that I feel has absolutely NO place on a site like Care2. That company is Proctor & Gamble (Iams, Tide, etc). I realize they are a corporate giant and are probably making a rather large contribution, but advertising cruelty is not (in my opinion) what this site is about.
Like Splenda?? Not enough that it is poison? How about this:
32 beagle dogs were locked in metal cages for 52 weeks. They were given Sucralose mixed in with their normal feed, and blood and urine samples were collected. At the end of the study they were killed by means of exsanguiation - they had their throats slit open and bled to death. They were then cut open and their organs - by now drained of blood so easier to dissect - were examined to test the product’s toxicity levels.
Four beagle puppies (or as HLS calls them; punching bags) were starved before being force-fed the super-sweet sugar powder. HLS employees then took blood samples from the jugulars of the infant dogs.
An unspecified number of marmoset monkeys either died from the poisoning or were killed at the termination of the research at HLS.The report states that 12 of these monkeys, which were babies“ under 10 months old’s were force-fed Sucralose for seven weeks. Two of the primates died on the seventh day from brain defects, another primate was mysteriously killed after four weeks, and the remainder all were murdered at the completion of the seventh week. Some of the recorded observations from this study noted â€œin appetence, body weight loss, unwillingness to use hind leg, hopping, involuntary grip reflexes, salivation and subdued mood.
Huntingdon also used rabbits to study the effects of the product. These little animals were given 1200 times the expected daily intake and not surprisingly most died from the trauma. Many of the other rabbits suffered from convulsions, weight loss, and various intestinal disorders. Huntingdon also tested the product on pregnant rabbits, mice, and rats killing both the mothers and the fetuses.
Normally I would never say anything about a group/sponsor for a site like Care2, but I just can't help it this time. Tide is produced by Proctor & Gamble ... Loads of Hope??? I think not! I have boycotted P&G for years because of what they do to animals (see http://www.pandgkills.com/)
Now, I think it's all well & good what they are doing for Katrina victims and apparenty are a sponsor for Care2 but no publicity campaign they trumpet to the masses will ever drown out the images of horror & abuse the animals in their labs have to endure. They are a violent, terrible company that refuses to change.
Oil spilled 17 years ago by the tanker Exxon Valdez still threatens wildlife around Alaska's Prince William Sound, scientists reported on Tuesday, a finding that could add $100 million to cleanup costs for Exxon Mobil Corp.
ExxonMobil has already paid $900 million to help recovery from the 1989 spill, the worst in U.S. history.
But the state of Alaska and the U.S. government could ask for up to $100 million more if they can show there is substantial, continuing environmental damage caused by the spill, and that the damage could not have been anticipated when a settlement with Exxon was signed in 1991.
A study by researchers at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau, Alaska, indicates about six miles of shoreline around Prince William Sound is still affected by the spill, with 100 tons (101.6 tonnes) of oil remaining in the area.
Mark Boudreaux, a spokesman for ExxonMobil, questioned the study's findings, and noted the oil company had previously responded to this research, which was based on field work done in 2003. Exxon and Mobil merged in 1999.
"We disagree with their conclusions," Boudreaux said by telephone from Irving, Texas. "We've done 350 peer-reviewed studies of Prince William Sound, and those studies conclude that Prince William Sound has recovered, it's healthy and it's thriving."
The study, which is to appear in the June 15 print edition of the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology, said oil from the Exxon Valdez remains on shorelines of Prince William Sound.
SEA OTTERS AND OIL
Some is on the surface and has weathered to a hardened, "asphalt pavement" state, while some is hidden under the surface in the inter-tidal area of local beaches, research chemist Jeffrey Short said in a telephone interview.
"The subsurface oil is typically liquid, smelly oil," Short said. "It looks like crude oil."
Sea otters and sea ducks -- both species that forage for food along the tide line -- are most likely to be affected by this, he said: "There's a clear link for ongoing exposure for animals that disturb sediments while they forage for prey."
Sea otters dig pits at high tide when the inter-tidal zone is covered with water, then they dive down and disturb the sediments as they look for clams.
If they encountered spilled oil in the process, they would probably get it on their fur and likely ingest some of the oil as they groomed themselves -- an essential habit for otters, which rely on their fur for warmth.
"Our study suggests that they would eat some of this stuff several times a year," said Short, one of five authors of the study.
He said little is known about any toxic effects to mammals which ingest oil, but circumstantial evidence implicates oil exposure as a possible cause of the lack of recovery of sea otter populations in the most heavily oiled parts of Prince William Sound.
ExxonMobil's Boudreaux noted the research was being released about two weeks before a June 2 deadline for Alaska and the federal government to seek additional payments from ExxonMobil in a provision that allows this part of the 1991 settlement to be reopened.
ExxonMobil has 90 days to evaluate any request; the provision expires September 1. Neither the United States nor the Alaska government has ever invoked this provision in any past settlement of environmental damage.
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