Victory! We are thrilled to announce that after more than 40,000 supporters of PETA and its affiliates around the world sent e-mails urging Unilever to stop testing tea on animals and after representatives from PETA and our affiliates in India and Europe flew to London to meet with Unilever—the world’s largest tea maker, which makes the Lipton and PG Tips brands—the company agreed to halt all such tests. You can read more about this terrific victory for animals here.
If you’re sipping Lipton, it was. The makers of Lipton tea have conducted (or paid others to conduct) painful, invasive tests on hundreds of animals-possibly more.
None of these tests were required by law. In fact, regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.
Here are some of the details:
- Rabbits were fed a high-fat diet and then given tea to see if it affected the plaque that had formed on the animals’ arteries. After the experiment, the rabbits were decapitated.
- Mice were fed tea ingredients to see if they had any effect on bowel inflammation. After the test, experimenters killed the mice by suffocating them or breaking their necks.
- Rats were forced to eat a high-sugar diet, and then tea was given to the animals to see if it had an impact on their sugar-induced brain damage
- Piglets were infected with E. coli toxin and then fed tea in order to see if the tea affected diarrhea.
- Experimenters cut the pigs’ intestines apart while the animals were still alive.
Please take a moment and urge the makers of Lipton to stop the crueltea to animals and to use modern, non-animal testing methods instead, just as Honest Tea, Stash, Twinings, Luzianne, and other tea companies already do.
This post was originally published on The PETA Files