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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Suga Suga...

Here's something I received from the Animal Rights Hawaii. I'm still on their mailing list because there are times when some really startling examples of human cruelty/injustice against animals show up. This particular one is about a product which will be 'named' by the article. I'm putting it up here in all its entirety...take a look and let me know what you think.

SUBJ: HLS killed 12,800 animals in making Splenda

Splenda is the brand name for Sucralose and is made by Mcneil Speciality Products who are in turn owned by Johnson & Johnson. Splenda was tested at Huntingdon Life Sciences; one of the most violators of 'animal welfare' in laboratory testing. HLS has been convicted of animal cruelty many times over. Below is info concerning Splenda from the Shac (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)and other websites.

Huntingdon played a big role in the testing that took place to bring this product to the market. An estimated 12,800 animals died in the process according to a published report in a recent scientific journal.

Some of the more gruesome details revealed:

32 beagle dogs were locked in metal cages for 52 weeks. They were given Sucralose mixed in with their normal feed, and blood and urine samples were collected. At the end of the study they were killed by means of exsanguiation - they had their throats slit open and bled to death. They were then cut open and their organs - by now drained of blood so easier to dissect - were examined to test the product's toxicity levels.

Four beagle puppies (or as HLS calls them - punching bags) were starved before being force-fed the super-sweet sugar powder. HLS employees then took blood samples from the jugulars of the infant dogs.

An unspecified number of marmoset monkeys either died from the poisoning or were killed at the termination of the research at HLS.

The report states that 12 of these monkeys, which were babies - under 10 months old - were force-fed Sucralose for seven weeks. Two of the primates died on the seventh day from brain defects, another primate was mysteriously killed after four weeks, and the remainder all were murdered at the completion of the seventh week. Some of the recorded observations from this study noted "in appetence, bodyweight loss, unwillingness to use hind leg, hopping, involuntary grip reflexes, salivation and subdued mood."

Huntingdon also used rabbits to study the effects of the product. These little animals were given 1200 times the expected daily intake and not surprisingly most died from the trauma. Many of the other rabbits suffered from convulsions, weight loss, and various intestinal disorders.

Huntingdon also tested the product on pregnant rabbits, mice, and rats - killing both the mothers and the fetuses.

One of the aims of the experiments was to see the effect on the central nervous system of the animals and in turn the animals were given massive doses of sucralose. Serious questions have been raised as to the safety of sucralose yet here it is widely available in many service stations, Pret a Manger and Starbucks to name a few outlets. We invite anyone reading this to enter sucralose or Splenda into a Google search and read the detailed and widespread evidence on the dangers of sucralose.

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HLS is one of the world's largest animal testing companies.It is a British company with an additional facility in East Millstone, New Jersey. Every day an average of 500 animals die a horrible death after being slowly poisoned. HLS specializes in testing toxicity of agrochemicals, food colorings, tanning lotions, adhesives, washing powders and various pharmaceutical products. HLS uses beagle puppies, primates, cats, rabbits, etc. The animals are forced to inhale and ingest the products for weeks or months; then they are killed and dissected.

HLS has been the subject of five undercover investigations exposing the horrendous animal cruelty and incompetence that goes on inside HLS. HLS employees have been exposed violently punching and shaking four-month-old beagle puppies, performing a necropsy (dissection) of a live monkey, transplanting a frozen pig's heart into a baboon, being drunk and taking drugs at work, falsifying scientific data,and breaking animal welfare laws. These investigations have resulted in HLS employees being convicted of animal cruelty, fined by the USDA and almost shut down by the UK government.

Pretty crazy stuff eh? And no matter how many people actually write about it, or manage to sneak in and free some of the animals before being tazed by security guards, this stuff will still go on. Think about it. If companies like PhillipMorris and ITC can make food products that we consume readily, like cheese slices and packet soups, then why can't Johnson and Johnson, "The world's most comprehensive and broadly-based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services," provide us with an alternate for sugar? If it's humanly possible to harm, mutilate, dissect, injure, and eventually kill animals, some of them absolutely helpless, then why isn't it humanly possible to consume a product that has all the sweetness of sugar but none of the calories? He he he...and I'm sure that the line comes from another ad but it's the logic that gets to me at the end of the day. I mean, think about it for a second, if sugar as it occurs in nature has a certain calorie content associated with it, then how the hell is consuming sugar without this amount of calorie content going to do anything 'good' for you? Isn't that obvious? At least think of the animals...
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