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  • Shannon Morgan
    ... Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 21:07:44 -0500 ... http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0731748320071208 ... PETA boycotting Mars candy co. over animal
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      --- Bruce Friedrich <brucef@...> wrote:
      Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 21:07:44 -0500
      > From: "Bruce Friedrich" <brucef@...>
      >
      > Web site about the story below (please crosspost):
      >
      > www.marscandykills.com
      > <http://www.marscandykills.com/index.asp>
      > >
      >
      http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0731748320071208
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      PETA boycotting Mars candy co. over animal cruelty
      >
      >> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People for the Ethical
      > Treatment of Animals
      > (PETA) is calling for a boycott of M&Ms, Twix candy
      > bars and other snack
      > foods made by Mars Inc, claiming the company funds
      > experiments that kill
      > mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
      >
      > "In violation of its own written policy, the candy
      > company is currently
      > funding a study at the University of California, San
      > Francisco, that
      > uses rats. The rats are force fed by having plastic
      > tubes shoved down
      > their throats, and they are then cut open and
      > killed," PETA said in a
      > statement.
      >
      > "In response to this new information, PETA is filing
      > a legal complaint
      > with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Mars'
      > false statement," the
      > group said in a statement. The FTC investigates
      > claims of dishonesty in
      > advertising.
      >
      > Mars spokeswoman Alice Nathanson said regarding the
      > University of
      > California experiment: "I can't speak to any
      > information that PETA may
      > or may not have. I can't speak to any experiments."
      >
      > But, she said that the privately held company "would
      > never issue or post
      > a statement that we were not 100 percent confident
      > in."
      >
      > PETA spokeswoman Kathy Guillermo said in an
      > interview the experiments
      > seemed aimed at developing health claims for
      > chocolate because it
      > contains flavonoids.
      >
      > Health studies have found that flavonoids protect
      > against heart disease
      > and cancer.
      >
      > Guillermo said the boycott would start on Monday.
      >
      > Mars says on its Web site that it bars animal
      > research "involving
      > euthanasia, vivisection or the suffering of any
      > animal" in developing
      > its snacks, drinks and pet products.
      >
      >
      >
      > But the Web site also says that a separate business
      > unit, Symbioscience,
      > would undertake "limited forms of animal testing"
      > when required to
      > demonstrate the safety or efficacy of
      > "pharmaceutical and therapeutic
      > food products."
      >
      > PETA said in its statement that Mars paid for
      > experiments in which mice
      > had to swim in a pool of water and paint and find a
      > hidden platform to
      > avoid drowning and were killed later.
      >
      > The group also accused Mars of funding an experiment
      > in which plastic
      > tubes were surgically attached to guinea pigs'
      > carotid arteries and
      > cocoa ingredients were injected into their jugular
      > veins to cause a
      > sharp drop in blood pressure, and another experiment
      > in which rabbits
      > were fed high-cholesterol diets with varying amounts
      > of cocoa and later
      > the main blood vessels to their hearts were cut out
      > and examined.
      >
      > The University of California, San Francisco,
      > declined immediate comment.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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