Friday, February 29, 2008

I found this video about Mars' animal testing. I thought this video was so good that I just had to post it. It's not very long so please take some time out to watch it. It does show images that might be very upsetting to you, so if you don't think you can handle seeing some graphic footage, I advise you not to watch it. Otherwise, the facts are very true, and I believe it explains how invalid animal testing really is. I hope you like it!

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Got a Sweet Tooth?

Do you love candy? Well I know I do, especially chocolate. Well you should know something before you buy your next candy bar. Mars Inc. is the creator of M&M's, Snickers, Twix, Dove, Three Musketeers, Starburst, Skittles, and many other snackfoods. What you should know about Mars is that they fund deadly animal tests, even though there are more reliable human studies and not one of the tests is required by the law!! Here are just 4 of the many experiments that Mars conducts.

1. Mars funded an experiment at the University of California to determine the effect of chocolate ingredients in animals' blood vessels. There has already been studies done on humans to show the results, but they decided to go ahead with the research anyway. What they did was force-fed the rats by shoving plastic tubes down the rats' throats and than they would cut off the rat's legs to expose the artery. The artery was to be clamped shut to stop blood flow. After the experiment was over, the rats were to be killed.

2. In 2007, Mars conducted yet another deadly experiment on mice. They fed mice flavanols (photochemical that are found in chocolate) and forced them to swim in a pool. The water was mixed with white paint to hide a platform. The mice had to find the platform in order to avoid drowning, but they were only to be killed and dissected later on.

3. Another experiment they supported was to find development in nutrition. What they did was feed the rats coca and anesthetized with carbon dioxide so that blood could be collected from their heart. They injected a needle directly in the heart which lead to internal bleeding of the rats and many other painful complications.

4. Mars wanted to find out how a chocolate ingredient called PQQ affected metabolisms. They crammed baby mice into 200 chambers (they were around half the size of a 12-ounce soda can) and then they submerged the chambers into chilled water for nearly five hours. This induced labored breathing in the distressed mice. They then shoved tubes down the mice's throats every day for 10 days to force-feed them the PQQ. After all this was done, they then cut up the mice for analysis.

Like I said, these tests are NOT required by the law! Mars continues this research for no reason, because the result on HUMANS is already found. I suggest that you boycott Mars until it gives up these cruel and unnecessary animal testing’s for good.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

KFC Cruelty

When you pull up to a drive through window, you hardly ever wonder about where the food actually came from. For KFC, there's a much sadder story about how the chicken got there. It's an incredibly heart breaking story about what goes on before the meat comes to your plate. Now, i am a meat lover myself. I am not against the eating of cows, chickens, or pigs, but i believe that how these animals are treated before their death, and even how they are killed, should be humane. KFC is just one of the many food companies that is involved with animal cruelty, but they are indeed one of the worst.

850 million baby chickens are cruelly raised and killed for the company each year. The catching of the birds is done in an incredibly horrible way. The workers grab up to 5 birds at a time and throw them into the crates' openings. They do not care about how hard they throw them or if they even make it in the hole. If a chicken misses the hole, it slams into the side of the crate. The workers than pick it up, and throw it into the hole again.. and this time with even more force. It often leads to broken bones. When the chicken are brought to the sheds, they are cramed into small rooms by the tens of thousands to the point where they can barely move.

Because they want their chickens so meaty, they force them to grow at such a fast pace, that their legs are not able to carry their top heavy bodys. Most of them die of starvation or dehydration by not being able to walk to the food or water. The weight of their oversized bodies also causes their bones to break. They suffer from broken legs and wings that are never healed.

When they are young, KFC will cut off the tips of their beaks. The pain is so intense for these chickens and goes on for weeks. Some die from starvation because they are not able to eat, or just the shock alone will kill them. KFC's reason to this is still unknown.

At this time, the chickens are exhausted suffering from broken bones, starvation, and dehydration. They are now brought to the slaughter house where they are dumped from crates and their already broken legs are snaped as they are hung upside down for the slaughtering process. The killing of these chickens is not a fast process. What happens during the killing procedure is that after they are hung upside down, they are run through a stun bath, but often the workers set the voltage so low that the chickens suffer from many painful shocks before they are actually stuned. The birds then have their throats slit. Finally, they are dumped into a tank full of scolding hot water to remove their feathers. Some the chickens are still alive thoughout this entire process and are then just scolded alive.

This is just the information that we can know. No one can be certain what even goes on behind the scences. On July 20,2004, a PETA invesigator went behind the scences and caught sadistic abuse toward these chickens on camera. The workers were caught grabing the chickens and hurling them across the room into walls, stomping on them, and even tearing them apart. The management of KFC knew about this abuse but did nothing to stop it. 114 chickens were thrown in seven minutes. A supervisor walking past the pile of birds on the floor said, "Hold your fire," and, once out of the way, told the crew to "carry on." Here is that video.

I would hope that after hearing this information you will never pull up to a KFC ever again. This companie deserves to be shut down if cruelty like this is going to carry on. Wolfgang Punk just recently talked about the changes in his menu. Hopefully more companies will soon realize there needs to be a change. ALV is an organization along with PETA that is trying to get an end to this.

I am going to post a video that shows you exactly what i just talked about. It is alittle long, but trust me, it is worth it. I hope you take time out to see for yourself the truth of what i just talked about.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Truth on Cosmetic Animal Testing

In 1920, there was a disaster involving cosmetics for women. A new product just came out which claimed would make women's eyelashes darker. Many women went to the solon to get this treatment done. The dye, called Lash Lure, did what it said but sadly it didn't end there. What happened was that the dye caused mild eye irritation, blindness, and even death to some women.

This horrible cosmetic incident led to the main cosmetic animal test used today, the Draize tests. The Draize tests are made basically for white albino rabbits mainly, but other animals are sometimes used. They are used to test for potential cell damage or irritation to the beauty porducts. For products used near the eyes, the white rabbits are an ideal subject due to the fact that their eyes have a hard time naturally washing away irritating substances. The rabbits are held by metal bands and then drops of a cosmetic product are placed in the eyes. The researchers then check the rabbit’s eyes regularly for damage. What happend is that because the rabbits are held down, they cannot even move while this product burns away at their eye. It is an increadably painful process.

The Draize skin test is a similar concept where the hair of rabbits, mice, or rats is shaved in a small area. The cosmetic products are then rubbed directly into the exposed skin. The area is than check regulary to inspect for damage or irritation.

Lethal Dosage (LD) tests are used to determine the amount of a substance that will kill a ratio of animals. With products that involve a spray action, like hair spray or some perfumes thhis test is often performed. An animal, like a rabbit, is placed in a close container and forced to breathe the cosmetic product through a mask. The animal is then monitored untill they die. Common reactions to LD tests include convulsions, vomiting, paralysis and bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth or rectum.

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. However, the FDA does not require animal testing for cosmetics. Alternative testing methods are available and lead to more reliable results. Hundreds of companies including Avon, The Body Shop and Mary Kay already use non-animal testing methods to ensure the safety of their cosmetics. L'Oréal and Cover Girl are just two of the main selling cosmetic companies that perform such tests. Please check this list and see if any of your make up products are on here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Welcome to Behind Their Eyes

The purpose of this blog is to provide truth to every peoson who has never heard of the sad reality of animal cruilty. Most people never know what actually goes on beyond the doors of their own homes. I want to expose the horror and anguish that goes on behind closed doors and show you things that animal abusers didn't want you to see. If your heart is being tugged at the thought of innocent animals behing tortured, than this blog will more than appeal to. I am going to reveal to you the life from behind their eyes.