Compassionate Action Alerts
Many household products are tested
on animals before being sold to consumers. Companies test both ingredients and
finished products on animals. The most commonly used tests are the Draize eye and
skin irritancy tests and the Lethal dose tests. These tests involve extreme pain and
suffering. Pain killers or anesthetics are not given to the animals during the
tests, as they may interfere with the test results.
The Lethal dose tests were
developed in 1927 to roughly measure the toxicity of products through the use of live
animals. Animals are given a dose of a substance either orally or by a stomach tube,
inhaled as a vapor, powder, or spray, dermally by application onto the skin or
intravenously. As many as several hundred animals may be used for every substance
tested. The dose at which 50% of the animals die is called the LD50, the dose at
which 100% die is the LD100.
In the Draize eye irritancy test,
a toxic substance is dripped behind the lower eyelids of rabbits and the rabbits are
observed for reactions to the substance. The Draize skin irritancy test is similar
but the substances are tested on the animals skin which is shaved and exposed to a
dose of a product and then checked for signs of irritation such as redness or blistering.
is not required by law. Some companies still test because they want to
protect themselves from lawsuits from consumers who may have misused a product or had a
reaction to it.
Boycotts and letter-writing
campaigns have influenced giants such as Colgate and Proctor & Gamble to stop using
animal tests. Almost 600 other companies have also stopped testing. Unilever,
however, continues to their products on animals. It is critical that Unilever hears
your opinion on this subject. Please send a polite letter or e-mail telling them
that you will boycott their products until they declare a moratorium on animal
testing. In addition, save your receipts from the purchases of cruelty-free products
and send them to Unilever at 800 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 with a note
saying "See what youre missing!" or "If
youd stop testing on animals, my business could be yours".
E-mail Unilever by going to their site by clicking here and filling out their contact
Print out a letter to Unilever
Call Unilever toll-free at 1-800-598-1223
E-mail this page to friends who will help.
For more detailed information on this
campaign and to obtain a free list of companies that do and do not test on animals,
For more detailed information on animal
National Anti-Vivisection Society
or E-Mail them
or call them at 1-800-888-6287.