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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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Speak Up for Lab Animals & WIN FREE LIP BALM!

Speak Up for Lab Animals & WIN FREE LIP BALM!

Posted 21 April 2010   by Karen         Permalink | 44 Comments

Tags: animal testing, giveaway, Perfect Potion, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, activism

I was never a huge fan of science in school. The lab always smelled funny and those goggles and aprons were never as flattering as our science teacher made them out to be. But as torturous as that all was, I actually had it pretty easy...

Can you imagine having to spend your entire life in a science laboratory?

That's the reality for millions of rabbits, mice, cats, dogs and other animals. But there's no safety equipment for these little guys. To test consumer products such as hairspray, toilet cleaner and cosmetics, lab animals have nasty chemicals dripped directly into their eyes, and are given chemical burns to their skin. Others are forced to ingest harmful substances that cause painful poisoning and worse - death.

Sadly this isn't science fiction - it's a real-life horror story. But with your help we can give the animals a happy ending...

Not many people know that some of the most well-known companies like Colgate/Palmolive, Procter & Gamble (who own Braun, CoverGirl, Gillette, Pantene,Wella, Herbal Essences, Vidal Sassoon, Duracell and more) and Unilever (who own Dove, Rexona, Lynx, SunSilk, Impulse, Lux, Vaseline, Domestos and more) still fund deadly tests on animals overseas before sending their products down under for us to buy. If you have any of their products at home, you have a great opportunity to help end animal testing by calling their customer feedback number (usually on the pack), and politely letting them know that you won't buy their products again after learning that their company funds animal tests.

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Now, we know that your lips might get a little chapped if you have to make a few calls, so to show our thanks, and to celebrate how amazing cruelty-free cosmetics are, we're giving away FREE Vanilla Bean Lip Balm from Perfect Potion to five courageous callers!

To be in the draw simply comment below and tell us who you called, and how it went :-)


UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone who phoned, emailed or sent letters to companies telling them to leave the animals alone! Unleashed certainly has some outspoken members who should be very proud of themselves! In the end the lip-smacking winners of the Vanilla Bean Lip-Balm are brookeb, angelaartsstudent, AlanaRama, Tracy and Katie2. Thanks again and well done to all of you who entered, and don't forget to always speak up for animals!

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