Proctor & Gamble would like us to believe that they only test on animals as a last resort when required by law. However, evidence uncovered by groups like Uncaged points to the contrary.
While the global boycott of P & G and products like Herbal Essences, or Hurtful Essences, shampoo isn’t until officially until May 16th, it’s really never to early to send a message that animal testing is unacceptable, even more so when it’s unnecessary.
According to In Defense of Animals (IDA), P & G has been testing a well-known ingredient, butylparaben, by force feeding it to pregnant rats, before killing them in gas chambers and subsequently removing and killing their offspring.
In addition to these tests, P & G also tests on a number of other animals, although they’re pretty stealthy about what they’re actually doing. IDA has a nice little list of some of the other tests P & G has run including tests for skin irritancy and ingredients for laundry detergent or the use of nanoparticles, along with generic engineering and pet food.
Check out Uncaged’s Boycott P & G Campaign for more information about the boycott and P & G’s animal testing and products.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Leaping Bunny for animal friendly products.