Stop Keeping Sheep in Sweltering Heat to Cruelly Harvest Their Secretions

Target: David S. Taylor, Chairman, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble

Goal: Demand the personal care industry stop profiting from products originating in horrendously abusive living conditions.

Domesticated sheep are continually bred for the sole purpose of extracting their lanolin. Ironically, the very substance meant to shield these living beings from harsh environmental factors and protect them from premature death will ultimately lead them into a life of cruel mistreatment and eventual senseless slaughter. What if the entire value of your life was measured by your sweat? What if ‘caretakers’ raised you in sweltering heat for the sole purpose of gathering your body’s secretions? And what if once you had given these caretaker’s their ‘gold,’ you were sent to your unforgiving death? This tragic existence is not a ‘what-if’ scenario for untold numbers of living beings. Rather, it represents tragic reality.

Lanolin, a greasy, wax-like substance, comes from the sebaceous glands of sheep and seeps into the animal’s wool, where it is recovered following sheep shearing. Touted for its moisturizing qualities, the substance and its derivatives are a common fixture in a wide swath of beauty, skin care, and hair care products. Despite frequent concerns about its allergic properties and potential pesticide dangers, use of lanolin in moisturizing products remains widespread.

Many companies profit from inhumane practices surrounding lanolin. Skin care product manufacturer Olay stands in a unique position, however, because its very name derives from the word lanolin: a prominent ingredient in Olay’s original line of products. Even today, PEG 75 Lanolin is widely used in many of the company’s products.

Sign this petition and urge Procter & Gamble, the primary owner of the Olay brand, to help halt cruelties instigated by lanolin extraction by considering more humane ingredient alternatives.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Taylor,

Beauty is a business, but it should never be a business branded in literal blood and sweat. Your brand Olay’s very name originates from a product that has led to the abuse and ultimate death of millions of animals. This is the untold price of lanolin.

Every year, sheep are raised in oppressive, overheated conditions that would get most factories immediately shut down. These living beings endure a life of unimaginable cruelty so that we can reap the benefits of their body’s natural protective mechanisms. Although it is often claimed that no animals die as a result of lanolin extraction, the harsh truth is that these sheep face slaughter the moment they become ‘non-productive.’ This is akin to ‘retiring’ our nation’s elderly to death camps.

Humane alternatives to lanolin do exist, such as booda butter. Consider different ingredients that do not come with the price tag of an innocent animal’s life. As a leader in the skin care and beauty industry, start a different, more truthful dialogue that includes lanolin’s oft-discussed potential dangers to humans… and its far-too-little discussed affronts to animal welfare.

Many organizations proudly proclaim their cruelty-free policies, and now is the time for Olay to answer its competitors in kind.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Maggs

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9 Comments

  1. Carol Brandt says:

    I had absolutely no idea. I will cease using lanolin products.

  2. I won’t be buying of that these cruel creeps should be shut down now and charged with cruelty

  3. One of the many reasons our family NEVER BUYS PROCTOR AND GAMBLE! Greed of this company surpasses any regard for outrageous suffering of animals.

  4. $$$$$$$ fucking greed by proctor and gamble company…ban them but NOOOO the truth is NEVER revealed…shame shame sham and DAM DAM DAM oil of Olay HIPOCRATES…..show all the WEOMEN what they put on their FACE…ha ha ha.. BAN LANOLIN PRODUCTS….

  5. Karen Mckay says:

    Proctor and Gamble are utter scum. Stopped using anything that hellhole produces years ago.

  6. This Company has been known for animal abuse for years now by animal advocates.. The problem is… they cover it up, and the general public does not know what they do behind their closed doors. They need to be exposed!!!I have not bought a P&G product for decades now, and never will! Good riddance!

  7. Wow, didn’t know that and it just worse that a company would rather cover up animal abuse rather than fix the serious moral dilemma, i.e. ending animal abuse?.

  8. It’s all about money and greed.

  9. STOP BARBARISM AGAINST ALL LIVING CREATURES!
    FOR ALL OF THESE INSANE, RUTHLESS AND INHUMANE BREED SOMEONE FORGOT MAIN THINGS IN HUMANES EDUCATION. WHO IS IT?

    ALL THAT  BARBARIC  MUD AND RESPONSIBLE  NONPERSONS  ARE SENSELESS FOR ALL OTHER TERRESTRIALS – SUSPEND THEM OF ALL HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS!
    THE INHUMANE and BARBARIC ASSHOLE – STYLE HAS TO STOP!
    STOP THE ASSHOLE-STYLE, AND BAN INHUMANITY – PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!
    THIS KIND OF BARBARISM AGAINST LIVING CREATURES IS LESS THAN INHUMANE AND MUST HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CRIMINAL RABBLE, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!
    THE RESPONSIBLE LAWMAKERS FROM THE LAST DECADES WILL CATCH A PLACE IN HISTORY FOR THE WORST DUMB DESTROYERS ON OUR PLANET EVER!

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