Target: Alan G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble
Goal: Stop conducting cruel experiments on animals and allow animal rights groups access to its testing facility
A pet food company with a history of dreadful animal experiment practices is still holding animals in a laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. Iams, a major pet food label that brands itself as animal-friendly, was discovered to be conducting horrific experiments on animals in 2002-2003. Currently, Iams keeps around 700 cats and dogs in the Dayton facility, claiming that the animals are well cared for and live in a good environment. However, employees refuse to allow PETA representatives to enter the laboratory and still conduct awful testing on animals other than cats and dogs. Petition the CEO of Iams’ parent company, and put an end to this company’s dire treatment of animals.
In 2002-2003, a PETA investigator went undercover at a different laboratory hired by Iams, the Sinclair Research Center in Missouri, and discovered extremely disturbing scenes: dogs in a state of mental chaos, confined to steel and cement cages; dogs left on a filthy floor after being surgically debarked and having chunks of muscle hacked from their legs; and terribly ill cats and dogs denied veterinary care by knowing Iams employees. After the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated PETA’s report, it found over 40 violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and fined the laboratory $33,000.
But the cruel practices of Iams do not stop with cats and dogs. In a two-year experiment conducted by Purdue University (after Iams had paid the university $200,000), mice were suspended from the top of their cages by their tails in order to cause muscular degeneration in their hind legs. After PETA became involved again, the experiment was abandoned.
The unwillingness of Iams to allow outside access to its Dayton facility is a cause for concern, especially with such a colored history of animal malpractice. Moreover, Iams refused to release details of an experiment in which a painful disease was induced into dogs. The list of barbarism goes on and on.
Sign this petition to pressure the CEO of Iams’ parent company, Procter & Gamble, to stop all animal experiments in facilities, allow groups access to the animals’ living quarters, and conduct research of its food from willing owners at home, which has been shown to work.
Dear Mr. Lafley,
I write in protest to the animal experiments conducted by Iams under Procter & Gamble. The Dayton facility in Ohio still holds around 700 animals, but will not allow entry to animal rights investigators. Given the awful history of neglect and cruelty perpetrated by Iams, this is a worrying sign. A 2002-2003 PETA investigation into the Sinclair Research Center uncovered horrific cruelty, enough that the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued over 40 violations of the Animal Welfare Act resulting in a $33,000 fine.
Iams eventually made concessions after this scandal, breaking ties with the Sinclair Research Center, ending invasive experiments on cats and dogs, and allowing in-home testing for new products. This said, Iams still holds the 700 animals, and in what conditions, no one knows. Moreover, you still conduct awful experiments on other animals, such as the Purdue University project, in which mice were suspended by their tails in order to test muscle atrophy. It was only after another PETA protest that this was stopped.
Mr. Lafley, you must open your doors at Dayton and let the world see what conditions your animals are kept in. Moreover, you must stop conducting horrific experiments on other animals – merely stopping experiments on cats and dogs is not enough. Consider the welfare of the animals who help make your company so profitable. In-home testing of your products has been shown to work, and allows animals the conditions they deserve while giving you market research of your new brands. There is no reason to keep animals in these conditions, nor to conduct ruthless experiments on them. End the cruelty now.
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