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Victory! Lipton Ends Cruel Animal Tests

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Posted January 31, 2011 by Ray Harkins

We are thrilled to announce that after more than 40,000 supporters of PETA and its affiliates around the world sent e-mails to Unilever (the world’s largest tea maker and the makers of Lipton Tea and PG tips), urging the company to stop testing tea on animals and after we met with Unilever representatives, the company agreed to halt all such tests worldwide. In a message just posted on its website, Unilever states, “Unilever is committing to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect.”

Thanks to everyone who responded to our online action alert, no more piglets will be infected with E. coli toxin and have their intestines cut apart while they are still alive, no more rats will have holes cut into their intestines and be fed tea ingredients through a tube in their throats, mice won’t be suffocated or have their necks broken, rabbits’ heads won’t be cut off, and other cruel tests that involved tormenting and killing animals simply to study the health effects of tea products and ingredients will no longer take place.

Not one of the experiments that the company conducted was legally required for beverage makers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not required to prove a health claim about a product.

With this victory, the suffering of animals for Lipton and PG tips teas ends. Lipton joins many other tea and beverage companies—including Stash Tea, Luzianne Tea, Twinings, Honest Tea, Ocean Spray, Welch’s, POM Wonderful, and Japan-based tea giant ITO EN—in being cruelty-free.

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny


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  • 1391 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    HOLY SH**! I didnt know they were animal testing! I feel so bad!!! I was drinking their tea thinking that it was better than Nestea but thir just as bad! I’m gonna throw up! I’m so horrible! AHHHH! AHHHH! *CRYS*

  • 1646 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you, Marina! I cannot believe how these people here cannot READ!!!!!!! :-(((((((

  • 1646 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    FOR GOODNESS SAKE DO NOT BY ANYTHING UNILEVER!!!!!!!!!! They STILL test on animals outside USA!!!!!! I’ve got an e-mail from them, here is a part of it: “However, there are still several countries where we are still legally required to test the safety of our products as a condition for us being allowed on the market, and in these cases the testing will be provided by third parties.” (Maarit, I respect your comments here! Good job!)

  • 1647 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Savi, they have not stopped testing! They only pay other testing companies to do it outside the US of A.

  • 1648 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ya! Great job everyone we did awesome! Thankyou so much peta2.

  • 1651 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mah, you are right! I got email from Unilever, and they confessed they still are testing outside the USA. It has to stop in all the countries!!!!

  • Mah

    1652 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yes . It has to be stopped in all the companies …. drug companies and cosmetic copmanies are the worst !!!
    We will raise up our voices for every diffenseless creature on this LOVELY PLANET EARTH !!!

  • Mah

    1652 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As far as i know Unilever n Lipton have stopped testing JUST in the USA .The cruelty against animals n animal testing should be stopped n ended in each , every single company , food n drud producers .
    No MORE ANIMAL TESTING !!!!

  • 1657 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAAAAAAAAAAA FINALLY!
    WHEN YOU TAKE ACTION, ACTION HAPPENS!

  • 1658 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YES !!!! finally 😀 IM SOOOO HAPPY SEE WHEN U STAND UP 4 SOMETHIN MIRACLES HAPPEN !! :)

  • 1659 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you Maria and Marina, for telling the truth! I hope the rest of you finally understand that the fight is far from over!!! Don’t buy Lipton or Unilever!!!!!They are testing outside the USA!!!!

  • 1659 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    LIPTON and UNILEVER ARE STILL TESTING ON ANIMALS OUTSIDE THE USA!!!!!!!!! I’m not going to buy any of their products and I don’t recommend you to buy them!

  • 1659 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hi everyone. It’s true UNILEVER stills do testing outside USA, for exemple, in my country ARGENTINA they DO test on animals :( so I don’t buy anything from them (my heartless parents do).

  • 1660 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    They still test outside the USA!!!!! For heaven’s sake, don’t buy anything Lipton or Unilever!!!!

  • 1662 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so happy they stopped. I hope we can get other beverages to go cruelty free as well… :)

  • 1664 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THEY HAVE NOT STOPPED TESTING ON ANIMALS!!!!!!!! THEY JUST DO IT OUTSIDE THE USA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1664 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    brilliant result but who in their right mind would have thought tea needs to be tested anyway, especially on animals?

  • 1664 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    every signature counts!!! “the power of one!”

  • 1664 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Lipton and Unilever are still testing outside the USA!!!!
    Still NO REASON TO USE ANY LIPTON OR UNILEVER products UNTILL THEY STOP TESTING all over the world!!!!!

  • 1664 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This made my day (:

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I LOVE LIPTON.

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Victory! :)

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    They still test outside the USA!!!!! For heaven’s sake, don’t buy anything Unilever!!!!

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I heard about this and even had to write about it on my blog. SO awesome! 😀

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Untill they stop testing outside the USA, I will not drink Lipton!!!

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop testing tea on animals, please. Stop the cruelty to animals.

  • Sue

    1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It is time for all companies to stop testing on animals, this is a victory but we must continue until there are no animals being used for experimental testing.

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I still will not drink Lipton Tea since they have caused soooo much pain & agony to all of these poor animals. I would rather drink tea from all of the tea companies who would never even consider torturing an animal. I will also be careful not to buy products from Unilever for the same reason.

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks for the wonderful news. But we cannot ease up..we must continue to let our voices be herd for God’s Cratures.

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m so happy the uneeded torture from Lipton is ended! There’s that many more innocent animals being saved. :)

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yeyyyyyyyyy omgosh i am so happy they stopped ….yet another victory lets keep it upp people!!!!!!

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank goodness – but testing should never have occurred in the first place.
    Rusty

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m still not gonna drink Lipton though..at least not yet…

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t stop crying!! This rabbit looks just like my Louise!! I’d DIE without her!! I am so happy for the victory!

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good Work Guys – I am so proud to be part of your organization., I am a big believer that there is no big I’s and little u’s. This is a WE issue. And there is POWER in numbers. Numbers of people who have the same focus and agenda to do well for the sake of our planet, our animal breathen, and ourselves.

    Power in numbers also in regards to money.. and the loss of it for companies who get bad press when the truth about some of the horrendous things that are done to animals is very powerful to.

    Please never stop what your doing.. it is the voice in all of us that wants to stop abuse on any level.

    Rox

  • 1665 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Really glad that this is over now. I wasn’t planning to start drinking lipton tea again anytime soon, but my mother suggests I buy some as a ‘reward’ for lipton. I didn’t really know what she was talking about, but I’m sure she knows better than I do.
    Anyway, I am so glad to hear that they’ve stopped testing on animals, and it feels great to know that together we really can make a difference, as cheesy as that sounds. I never really believed that could happen, but it did! And I’m going to stop rambling now.
    Woo!

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    well done to all who made this possible xxx

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great news but still won’t buy there tea.Wouldn’t give these nasty people any of my cash.Don’t know how thay cuold produse the dam tea knowing what these poor little animals were bing abused and tortured.Thank god it has stopped.

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    One small step for man. One big step for mankind.

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great!
    The victory is ours and it may be a small step in the world, but we DID save a lot of animals!
    Hopefully they will really stop!

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    merci beaucoup Lipton pour cette formidable nouvelle

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have never been so proud to be a Peta member. I love you Peta for your giant heart and neverending love for animals.

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WOOOOOOOOOOO AYYYYYYE GET IT PETA GET IT <3

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am glad that there organizations fighting too improve
    the lives of animals, especially when the victims aren’t
    able to defend themselves. In many lands where animals
    have no rights the people quite often are treated the
    the same way.
    Sincerely yours,
    Ernest Schumann

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Their products are still tested outside USA, so there’s a battlefield that needs tending to.

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Amazing! It’s beautiful to see the changes people can make when they pull together :)

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m so happy too.
    I loved Lipton Tea but as I heard what they do I stopped drinkin it. I think noone needs to test things like tea on animals!

    Great job done.
    I’M ao proud!

  • 1666 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good news! I am so proud and thankful for Peta. Although it is a small victory in the grand scheme of things, it feels great to know that PETA saved countless innocents from a horrible fate.

  • 1667 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I CAN DRINK THE AWESOMEST TEA EVA AGAIN

  • 1668 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG! happy face! ^_^ i used to drink lipton everyday until i found out what they did to animals now i can drink it again 😀 yeah!! i was really missing it! I <3 animals

    -Shmoo!

  • 1669 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @Candy
    Yeah I know. I used to be oblivious to it too.:/ Apparently toothpaste makers test on animals too! Same as Shampoo companies and what-not.:/ Sadly, all we can do is try our best to stop them from hurting more animals.

  • 1669 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    industries need to know when they used animals for tests people BOYCOTT

  • 1671 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am so happy! Now I can drink it without feeling disgust for what Lipton has been doing!

  • 1672 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is awesome but still my brain can’t process how this goes on on daily basis have these ppl got no heart? There’s one more thing I wanna say did any of u know that some mouth wash companies such as listerine experiment on animals?I was unaware of this :(

  • 1672 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wonderful news! I am so proud of Peta and all of us. Although it is a small victory in the grand scheme of things, it feels great to know that we have saved countless innocents from the same fate.

  • 1673 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    big thanx to unilever and peta. but what abt other product that unilever testing on animals? stop this crual on animals pls.

  • 1673 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is awesome! =)

    BOTTOMS UP!

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I cannot believe this, i am sooo happy they have listened and decided to put a stop to this! What the hell were they doing??
    I don’t understand how people think is is acceptable to test on animals, most animals body’s wouldn’t even react the same to ours.
    I say test this stuff on the humans that did it to those poor animals, see how they like it!
    Hopefully we will be able to continue to convince company’s that this is wrong!
    Well done Peta!!

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks God!!!! We are change the world.
    Do it.

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this cruelty will have to be stop.

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :D!!!!! YES!!!

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I really appreciate it from peta2, please do not torture the rabbits, rats or animals, they understand that human animals are like people. NO TORTURE, NO CRUEL, Please do not disturb the animals by the laboratories. (Animals are living beings who feel and suffer just like us humans!)

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A small victory. You should stress that by buying Lipton Tea products we’d still be supporting Unilever, and they continue perform horrible and unnecessary tests on animals.

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :(

  • V

    1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s great im so happy!!! Good job!!!

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yaaaaaaay!!!!

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why do you need to perform animal tests on tea? Doesn’t make any sense to me, but its great that they stopped testing on animals! 😀

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YES! VICTORY IS OURS! ;DDD

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Whoa! I had no idea this was happening.

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How do we know it’s not just words. How can this be monitored inside their labs?

  • 1674 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Now, we just have to keep going so that ALL Unilever brands/products stop animal testing for good!! Let’s kick some butt!! Thank you fellow animal lovers!! <3 <3 <3

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Fantástic, I am very happy!

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    SWEET!!! This is awsome news! 😀

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yeahhhhhh ….. I’m soooooo happppy men. !!! That’s the reason cause i’m proud giving to ’em money !! Yessss

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    VICTORY AT LAST!……

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m glad they stopped it, but I’m still not going to buy any Lipton tea. It will take lots of time for my emotional wound to heal. They have done enough damage to those poor creatures that I can not easily forget.

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wonderfull ! Thanks a lot

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    excellent! unfortunately, doesn’t Unilever test on animals for most of their other products? They have their hands in a lot of markets, and I’m avoiding all of their products until they find a better way to conduct business.

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We can really make things better for our animal friends…together our voices are very POWERFUL and do make the difference! Thank you all.

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Absolutely phenomenal to hear!

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great news!!

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We CAN make a diffence in animal lives!!! WHOOOO!

  • 1675 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i am so happy!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am so proud of peta2 and peta for doing a great no an awesome job what you do for animals. and i just wanna say that i;m so happy that they won’t test on animals the company Lipton tea yay!!!!!!!!! :) :) : )

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