Mars (Snickers, M&M's, Twix etc) Tests on Animals

Mars preforms outdated and unnecessary animal testing.

Encouraging everyone to send a letter, even if it's the form letter. Hershey's, Mars leading competitor, has stopped animal testing.

This was my letter, feel free to copy:

I was appalled to learn that Mars currently funds deadly animal tests even though the tests are not required by law, more reliable human studies could be used instead, and your chief competitor, Hershey's, refuses to test its products on animals. With the world becoming ever so health, earth and animal rights conscious, I can't imagine your pro-animal testing stance is lucrative both financially and public relations-wise. The image of the sterile corporate giant is not a favored view in the public eye; more and more consumers are leaning towards products that are natural, organic and locally grown/produced. I'm sure your own marketing research has told you the same.

Please follow Hershey's lead by promising not to fund or conduct experiments on animals. To quote Gandhi, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." I, as the consumer, am judging the greatness of your company.

Unless I hear that Mars has ended all support for animal tests, I will be buying my candy from a more compassionate company and will encourage my friends and family to do the same. I may be one person, but even the smallest stone creates ripples in the pond.

It's getting to be that you can't buy anything any more with some form of human or animal cruelty linked to it. :(

Man Gets 3 Years for Puppy Toss

Friday October 26, 2007 4:01 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An incredulous judge sentenced a man to three years in prison for tossing a 10-week-old puppy off an apartment balcony during an argument with his girlfriend.

The puppy was in a soft-sided container, suffered head injuries and had to be put to death.

Javon Patrick Morris, 22, apologized for throwing the puppy off the balcony last March and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

"You mean he threw a helpless animal off three floors because he was mad at someone?" Circuit Judge Edward Cottingham asked a prosecutor before sentencing Thursday.

The judge, who has owned nine dogs, said he was obligated to issue a tough sentence.

"There is nobody in this world that can understand that," Cottingham said.

He sentenced Morris to five years, suspended to three years in prison and two years of probation. He also ordered Morris, who will be eligible for parole in 20 months, to get anger management counseling.

"I've got to send a message to all dog lovers that we are going to protect that interest in our courtrooms," Cottingham said.


This is a great start, although it should really be longer.

Easter Bunnies

Thinking of giving little Bobby or little Susie a real bunny for Easter? They're old enough and responsible enough to take care of a rodent, right? And how cute would that be on Easter morning for them to wake up and find that the Easter Bunny has decided to *live* at your house!

First off, rabbits aren't rodents. They're Lagomorphs.

Second, no child should be solely responsible for any pet, no matter how small or simple. It is the parents' responsiblity as PARENTS to be the primary care-takers of any animal that enters their house. It is also the parents' responsibility to teach their children about the proper and humane treatment of animals.

Third, are you prepared to take care of a living, breathing animal for it's possbile 10 year lifespan? Where will you even be in 10 years? Where will the kids be? Do your future plans include the cute fuzzy bunny you just got?

Rabbits are not toys, they're not something you can stuff in a cage for the rest of its life, they're not something that when you're tired of it you can "send it back to the wild."

Rabbits are living creatures with complex social structures. They require daily interaction & exercise, proper nutrition for a healthy life, and activity like chewing and digging to stimulate their minds. They are not a wild animal; they are as domesticated as a dog or cat and do not have the knowledge necessary to survive on their own. If you throw them into the wilderness they will be picked off by a preditor, run over by a car or die from starvation.

So, if you're thinking of buying an Easter Bunny for your child, remember that a living animal is a commitment for its lifetime, and maybe you're better off making that bunny chocolate.
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You Can Help

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On the first day of the 110th Congress, a bill designed to help law enforcement crack down on animal fighting was introduced in the House of Representatives. U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), John Ensign (R-NV), Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a parallel bill in the Senate the following week.

At present, most dog and cock-fighting offenses are considered misdemeanors -- basically a slap on the hand. The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (H.R. 137 & S. 261) would make it a felony to transport an animal across state or international borders for animal fighting. It would prohibit the interstate and foreign commerce in knives and gaffs designed for use in cockfighting.

Please take 60 seconds and call or email your elected representatives to let them know you support this act. Lend your voice to these innocent animals who cannot speak up for themselves.

If you click here, The Humane Society has a page set up to help you quickly and easily find the names and contact information of your elected officials, and even has a pre-written support letter if you aren't sure what to say. Every letter and every phone call helps.

Thank you for reading this.