Unilever owns many products- Omo; Rexona; Lynx; Vaseline; TREsemme- just to name a few. They test food, household and personal care products on animals for 'safety' reasons. Okay, so as preachy as this sounds, this is unnecessary and extremely unsafe.
If a product you're going to be using on your skin (and this includes some household products, such as Omo, which- even after the tests- gives most users a skin rash shortly after contact with the skin) has to be tested on an animal's skin before yours, do you really want to be using this at all? For it to be damaging to a creature implies the use of toxic chemicals. Although this can be reduced to a minimal amount to avoid short-term health concerns, it is likely the chemicals are still there. For example, if you read the ingredients label on a container of Rexona or Lynx deodorant, many of the ingredients will have long-winded and pretty dodgy sounding names.
Rexona itself contains an ingredient called 'Aluminum Zirconium'. Aluminum has a terrible reputation for health problems. Just some of the potential issues associated with the use of products containing it are breast cancer and renal dysfunction. Do you really want to be using chemicals like this directly on your skin?
So if these are some of the effects associated with these products after they've been sold in stores, imagine:
-Firstly, the effect on animals much smaller than humans. Most of these deodorants are tested on the skin and eyes of rabbits, rats and mice. If we can suffer damage from these products, and we're perhaps ten to fifteen times the size of these animals, imagine their reactions.
-Secondly, we receive the product AFTER THE COMPOSITION OF THE PRODUCT HAS BEEN REFINED. These animals are being exposed to the solutions that make up deodorants, detergents and other common household items BEFORE they even get close to 'safe'.
Unilever doesn't need to do this when many other brands are able to get by without such testing procedures.
Please sign this petition so that one day soon you can buy these products and know they're not harming animals. It's just as much for your benefit as it is for theirs.
- Unilever Australasia CEO
- Sales Team Manager for Unilever Food Solutions Australia
- Dove Assistant Corporate Affairs Manager
Please stop testing household, food, personal care and cosmetic products on animals. Not only is it disgustingly cruel to the animals themselves, but if your products require this testing in the first place, it is questionable whether they should be used within the home at all.
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