Reuters: PETA boycotting Mars candy co. over animal cruelty
- --- Bruce Friedrich <brucef@...> wrote:
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 21:07:44 -0500
> From: "Bruce Friedrich" <brucef@...>http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0731748320071208
> Web site about the story below (please crosspost):
>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
> "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
> 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
> 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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