Victory Update: Unilever (the world’s largest tea maker and the makers of Lipton Tea and PG tips) has agreed to stop testing tea on animals after supporters of PETA and its affiliates around the world sent in more than 40,000 e-mails. Learn more about this victory here.
If you’re sipping Lipton, it was. The makers of Lipton tea have conducted (or paid others to conduct) painful, invasive tests on animals. Here are some of the details:
- Rabbits were fed a high-fat diet and then given tea to see if it affected the plaque that had formed on the animals’ arteries. After the experiment, the rabbits were decapitated.
- Mice were fed tea ingredients to see if they had any effect on bowel inflammation. After the test, experimenters killed the mice by suffocating them or breaking their necks.
- Rats were forced to eat a high-sugar diet, and then tea was given to the animals to see if it had an impact on their sugar-induced brain damage.
- Piglets were infected with E. coli toxin and then fed tea in order to see if the tea affected diarrhea. Experimenters cut the pigs’ intestines apart while the animals were still alive.
None of these tests were required by law. In fact, regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.
Send an e-mail to Dave Lewis, [email protected], president of Unilever Americas (Lipton’s parent company), and politely ask him to stop testing tea and tea ingredients on animals. If your message can’t be delivered, please e-mail the company using its contact form.