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UNCAGED CONDEMNS PROCTER & GAMBLE SPONSORSHIP OF LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
Uncaged has condemned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over its decision to strike a deal with Procter & Gamble (P&G) for sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As well as complaining to the IOC, Uncaged are also deeply disappointed that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP have tacitly approved this scandalous arrangement.
P&G's unethical practices are in fundamental conflict with the values of the United Kingdom and the Olympic movement. By giving P&G a platform, London 2012 is endorsing and perpetuating animal testing for cosmetics. They are promoting gratuitous cruelty to animals that is heavily opposed by the majority of the public.
The UK banned animal testing for cosmetics on the grounds of unnecessary cruelty back in 1998. That ban has now been extended across the European Union. Procter & Gamble evade this ban by testing cosmetics on animals in the USA and other countries with weak animal welfare laws.
Testing cosmetics on animals also puts P&G in opposition to the fundamental principles of Olympism, which claim to uphold 'universal fundamental ethical principles' and promote 'a peaceful society'. It is hard to think of anything less ethical or peaceful than P&G’s practice of poisoning animals to death for such trivial purposes.
Although MPs from across the political spectrum have signed EDM 176 which condemns this deal, and concerns have been raised at the London Assembly by Green AM Darren Johnson, the Mayor of London and the Government remain unmoved.
P&G, no doubt, hope that this sponsorship deal will create an illusion of ethics and social responsibility around the company. Just the kind of 'greenwash' mega-corporations love. Therefore, without exposure and debate about their animal testing practices, P&G have little incentive to move beyond such egregious abuse. That is why silence on this matter would be equivalent to tacit approval of this barbaric practice. In this instance, sitting on the fence contributes to unnecessary cruelty to animals.
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Uncaged Campaigns - this is an updated news release. First published 02.06.10, updated 04.08.10.