Coca-Cola and Pepsi Stop Financing Animal Testing

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have agreed to stop financing research that uses animals for testing or developing products. PETA was a major driving force in this move after discovering studies that used animals to test taste perception and to bolster support for promotional health claims. A PETA research associate stated that: “we see these statements from Coke and Pepsi, massive global conglomerates, as the beginning of the end of all animal tests on food.” Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are the largest manufacturers to agree to this ban.

(Thanks Lisa)

8 Responses to “Coca-Cola and Pepsi Stop Financing Animal Testing”

  1. FiverCat says:

    Nothing like starting off the work week with some good news for a change. Thank you Coke and Pepsi.

    If we can all spare a minute or two today why not send a quick email to these two companies to thank them for doing something right.

  2. Debbie4747 says:

    That’s a very good idea and I will do that as son as I can today. Thanks for the good suggestion!

  3. furmom says:

    So what are all the polar bears going to drink now?

  4. straybaby says:

    “Coca-Cola also said that it would discontinue a grant given to a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University who has been studying taste perception in rats, which share certain taste pathways with humans.”

    so if a rat thinks it tastes good, we will too?! what am i missing here?

  5. Trudy Jackson says:

    FurMom, You have given Me the laugh of the day. I love it. thanks.

  6. 3FURS says:

    Why can’t Pepsi and Coke taste test their own garbage, on their staff. But I guess they’d refuse. They know what’s in it.

  7. Sylvia says:

    Very good news.
    This is why you have to be careful about where your money goes when you donate to research:

    “Not everyone agrees with Dr. DeSimone’s thinking, particularly when it involves tests on highly intelligent animals, as did a study involving a Coca-Cola scientist, financed by Nutrasweet, that cut open the faces of chimpanzees to study nerve impulses used in the perception of sweet tastes.”

    “Elaine Palmer, a spokeswoman for PepsiCo, said that while the company had never supported the idea of animal testing, “We had not been policing it, so that part is new.”

  8. trucorgi says:

    Shocking isn’t it?
    [quote] from ruters-Coke does not conduct animal tests and does not directly fund animal tests on its beverages, and is asking its partners and research organizations to use alternatives to animal testing, the company said in a letter provided by PETA.[/quote]
    So who is the “Coca-Cola scientist, financed by NutraSweet” doing this? If Dr. DeSimone is doing this, why would they say it is a Coke scientist? The monkey testing done by NutraSweet was in 1970. Goggle the Bressler Report.

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