May 6th, 2010 by Barbara Stagno
On May 8, activists around the world will join IDA and Uncaged(a UK animal protection organization) for the 14th annual “Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day.” Why boycott Procter & Gamble? For years, P&G has tested its products on animals while, at the same time, secretly opposing EU legislation that would phase out animal testing and manipulating the public by offering misleading, often contradictory, statements on its own testing.
Maybe you are already boycotting P&G, or perhaps you are wondering why you’ve never heard of the global company… Either way, a quick look at P&G’s website – www.pg.com – will show you just how absolutely gargantuan a corporate giant can become. P&G is an industry leader in household, health, and beauty products – owning such brands as Bounty, Downy, Febreeze, Swiffer, Pampers, Puffs, Mr. Clean, Crest, Oral-B, Pepto Bismol, Tampax, Vicks, Scope, CoverGirl, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Ivory, Old Spice, Pantene, Olay, Gillette, Zest, and even Dolce & Gabbana. A full list is available <here. Pet food brands owned by P&G, like IAMS and Eukanaba, are responsible for keeping dogs and cats in cages for years on end in order to test experimental pet food formulas. According to a May 5th press release, P&G recently acquired Natura Pet Products, which owns the pet food brands Karma, Innova, Evo, Healthwise, and California Naturals. The public outcry surrounding the issue of pet food testing has forced P&G to create whitewashing sites like www.iamsagainstcruelty.com to distract from the animal cruelty in its own laboratories.
It is for this reason that our outreach is so important. This Saturday, May 8, activists around the world will take to the streets – and the stores – to educate consumers on the price animals pay for P&G’s products. For more information on participating in this day of action, including a leaflet and a guide to activism, visit Uncaged’s Global Boycott Procter & Gamble Day website. To find out what you can do to fight animal testing every day of the year, please visit our P&G Kills website.