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P&G’s ANIMAL TESTING
Pain for Profit
Although Procter & Gamble (P&G) admit that guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice are among the animals used in their ‘product safety research’ , the company is highly secretive about what actually happens to the animals they sacrifice.
However, Uncaged can reveal disturbing examples of P&G’s involvement in painful and lethal animal tests. Apart from pain and injury caused by the chemicals themselves, unfortunately many animals also suffered because of a lack of basic care:
- Over a thousand hamsters, mice and rats forced to inhale tiny, ‘nano-sized’ particles
- Mice genetically-engineered to create new ways of testing ingredients in cosmetic and cleaning products
- Animals injured in hair care and fabric softener skin irritancy tests
- Repeated painful and lethal skin allergy tests on guinea pigs and mice
Earlier P&G tests  include:
- an acute toxicity test where dogs were force fed large amounts of a cleaning chemical by stomach tube 
- cancer and toxicity tests on rats and mice of optical brighteners and other washing power ingredients
- long-term poisoning tests in animals for colouring agents
- 71 mice were repeatedly force-fed a synthetic musk fragrance by tube 
It’s hard to think of anything more vicious than poisoning and killing animals for the sake of tinkering with cosmetics and washing powder formulations. P&G are responsible for relentless cruelty at its most calculating.
- ‘Finding Alternatives for Product Safety testing’, P&G publication 2005: ‘85% of the animals used for human safety testing are rats or mice; the remainder are mostly guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and ferrets’. For example, it appears that rabbits are used in the notorious Draize eye irritancy test and developmental toxicity. (The P&G report at www.pg.com./science/Brochure_print.pdf implies that use of the notorious Draize eye test continues.)
- Details taken from documents submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency in the early 1990s.
- Diethylene glycol hexyl ether.
- Stuard, Caudill, and Lehman-McKeeman (1997). ‘Characterization of the effects of musk ketone on mouse hepatic cytochrome P450 enzymes’. Fundamental & Applied Toxicology 40: 264-271.
The images on this page are typical of the testing carried out by P&G, not actual P&G images.