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An Impulse rant.

An Impulse rant.

Posted 28 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: animal testing, cruelty free, Unilever, activism, rant

I am fed up with companies needlessly hurting animals for cosmetics and toiletries. Enough is enough. So, I wrote to Unilever and told them why I no longer use their products:

Dear Unilever,

When I think about my childhood, something very strange happens. When I remember my 12th birthday sleepover party, a sweet vanilla scent fills my nostrils. When I think about Friday afternoon P.E. class, the distinct smells of musk and raspberry come flooding back. And when I had my first date, I felt like a Goddess, and smelled like one too.

That’s right, I was an Impulse kid. Your body sprays were so popular when I was growing up that they operated as status symbols, with the person owning the largest collection of fragrances sitting at the top of the popularity ladder.

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I am writing to you today having out-grown my rollerblades with the purple shoelaces but having grown into a sense of compassion and ethics as a consumer. Even though I still want to smell like a Spice Girl as much as I ever did, I will not be buying any products made by your company. This is for one reason: your company funds animal testing.

Testing cosmetics and toiletries on animals is banned here in Australia. Don’t you think that’s probably because Australians care about the welfare of animals and realise these tests are cruel and unnecessary? And yet you choose to test your products on animals overseas. When I learned that companies such as yours STILL test on animals, I was floored. Why?

The majority of commonly used ingredients have been safety tested YEARS ago. Not to mention that even brand new ingredients can’t be guaranteed to be safe for human safety when they are tested on animals. And yet product testing still blinds, burns, poisons and kills millions of rabbits, dogs and other animals every year.

"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us."

"Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us."

"Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."

--Prof. Charles R. Magel

Now that I'm a little older and wiser, I choose to put my pocket money towards products that use alternatives to animal testing rather than needlessly harming animals. I have found that it is very much possible to smell like a goddess without contributing to animal cruelty and I intend to keep doing so.

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I hope that one day you will change your policy on animal testing and join me in the greener pastures where rabbits do not have chemicals rubbed in their eyes and dogs are free from being burned and poisoned.

No longer yours, sincerely,

Amy

Is there a product you used to love but have made the switch to a cruelty-free alternative? Why not drop the company a line and tell them why you no longer use their products? Click here to take action against animal testing.

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Tammie2 Tammie2 30 June 2013
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I also sent them an email last week raising my concerns and disgust that they are letting this continue. I aslo informed them that i will no longer buy their products and i will be making sure i spread the word.
They actually responded to my email and stated that they are, and have been working towards not testing on animals. The ONLY time they do is when it's required by law and then they limit the animals used.

If there are products out there on the market that don't test on animals then why do others need to??  It makes no sense to me.
I also suggested that they find a heart and that I'm sure they wouldn't want their family pet put forward for testing!!!!

The fight has only just begun. This awful treatment HAS TO STOP!!!!! sad
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...2 ...2 19 July 2013
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That email was beautifully written. Very pursuasive.
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Emily98 Emily98 20 July 2013
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Fantastic email! I would love to know their response. I'm fed up with Unilever and all the other brands out there that are carelessly testing on animals.  furious sad
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Purple Princess Purple Princess 17 February 2015
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Amazing email What is the response  furious no more cruelty Impluse
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