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Activists Say Shampoo Company Tortures Animals

Animal Rights Activists Say Shampoo Company Tortures Animals

MEDIA RELEASE 24 April 2002

Animal rights activists say Shampoo company tortures animals
"I hope they lose hundreds of thousands of dollars"

A Wellington animal rights group says Procter & Gamble, makers of Pantene shampoo, are one of the biggest animal testing companies in the world. Activists from the Animal Liberation Front claimed they had placed contaminated bottles of Pantene shampoo on supermarket shelves this morning to mark World Day For Laboratory Animals.

Spokesperson for Wellington Animal Action Mark Eden said "We understand why Pantene shampoo was contaminated today, and we support any actions which cost 'animal abusing' companies money as long as no people or animals are harmed. Millions of animals are tortured and killed every year in pointless experiments and companies like Procter & Gamble are entirely to blame. I hope they lose hundreds of thousands of dollars because of this action."

"In Proctor and Gamble's cosmetic and household product testing, caustic chemicals are forced into rabbits' eyes and applied to their raw, shaved skin. Laboratory workers lock the rabbits in restraining devices so they are unable to move while chemicals burn into their eyes and skin. The rabbits are given no sedatives or painkillers to ease their suffering. They sometimes break their necks and backs in a desperate struggle to get away. Those who survive are used again...until they are finally killed. Proctor and Gamble's innocent victims include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and ferrets. Even though these tests are not required by law, Proctor and Gamble insists on continuing this torture" said Mr Eden.

"These so called safety tests are done for profit. P&G knows that animal testing is not an accurate way to judge a products safety in humans. They do it because it is cheaper than carrying out real safety research" he said.

"P&G claims to be a world leader in researching humane testing methods. But the reality is that P&G spend more money in seven days of advertising than it has spent in years of research into "alternatives' to animal testing. Many companies manage to develop new products without shoving chemicals down the throats of rabbits so there is no reason why P&G can't stop testing right now".

For more information: Wellington Animal Action contact 021 158 6554 PO Box 6387, Wellington

More information on the campaign against P&G products http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pg.htm

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Wellington Animal Action
PO Box 6387, Te Aro,
Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Phone 0064 04 385-6728 or 021 158 6554
Website up soon : http://www.animal-liberation.org.nz


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